Ways That Pride Is Exhibited In A Person’s Life:
This is taken from sermon by my pastor. I think we tend to belittle the severity of pride. I know I for one am constantly guilty of the three points listed below.
- A wrong perception of where our successes and blessings come from
(i.e. they all come from God)
- The inability to listen to advice and teaching
- Becoming angry when losing
Pride is always competitive and fed by comparisons. “I am beautiful” becomes “I am more beautiful.”
Pride is the sin that made Satan Satan. Pride smuggles into our spiritual lives. Murder,adultery,fornication are fleshly sins and are sometimes influenced by our human appetites;but Pride is the very essence of who Satan is.
There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves....
The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea-bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind....
As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you....
The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether.
C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Quoting both Tim Keller and the book Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian, my pastor said that two things we need if we wish to be humble when approaching the world,politics,and culture are TEARS and SERVICE. With these traits we will be sad people go against what we believe,but not bitter and angry. After all, we are called to love. Not because of who we are,but because of who loved us first.
“A humble person will be a lion toward a man's conscience but a lamb toward his person.” ~ Jonathan Edwards.