I think most of us can quickly point out pride in others (especially politicians). How easily though can we look at ourselves? Pride is an elusive and tricky subject, it easily escapes our detection.
In this episode I discuss 6 dangers of pride. I talk about how it can sneak into our life and disguise itself, causing great havoc. Next episode I’ll talk about how to find true humility.
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Episode 35: 6 dangers to pride
“Learn to be humble by doing all the humble work and doing it for Jesus. You cannot learn humility from books; you learn it by accepting humiliations. Humiliations are not meant to torture us; they are gifts from God. These little humiliations—if we accept them with joy—will help us to be holy, to have a meek and humble heart like Jesus.”
— Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, p.43
Pride is concentration/absorption on self
According to Christian teachers, 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…
… it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. – C S Lewis
Pride is ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling, concentration on self – C S Lewis
Lust may drive you to sleep with a beautiful woman because you want her, while Pride may drive you to sleep with a woman as proof that you can do it. A proud man gets no satisfaction from the woman – it’s all about him. Pride turns everything into the self. – C S Lewis
Esther 3:5-6 When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or do obeisance to him, Haman was infuriated. 6 But he thought it beneath him to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, having been told who Mordecai’s people were, Haman plotted to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
- Pride is at the root of all sin
- Superbia vs Cupitidy
- Sin is essentially choosing ourself when inappropriate to do so.
- Devil’s sin is pure pride. – every sin we have is in that spectra
- Pride leads to other sins
- Pride hides itself
- “Carbon monoxide of sin” – it’s odorless. The more proud you are, the less proud you think you are.
- Unlike other sins, pride seeks to justify itself. It hides as other desires.
- The more you have the less you realize it.
- You know when you are committing adultery – never say “oh my goodness, you are NOT my wife”. Ditto embezzle.
- Pride is self-defeating
- C S Lewis: “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”
- Pride comes in two flavors
- Superiority of self is repellant
- Generally recognized as pride
- Leads to over-estimation
- Inferiority of self is disguisting
- Rarely recognized, confused with humility
- Still just as self-absorbed
- “Doing all teh comparison too – just not making out as well”
- Superiority of self is repellant
- The devil confuses our sense of pride
- Vanity and praise-pleasure are not pride
- C S Lewis: Pleasure in being praised is not Pride. The child who is patted on the back for doing a lesson well, the woman whose beauty is praised by her lover, the saved soul to whom Christ says, ‘Well done,’ are pleased and ought to be. For here the pleasure lies not in what you are but in the fact that you have pleased someone you wanted (and rightly wanted) to please. The trouble begins when you pass from thinking, ‘I have pleased him; all is well,’ to thinking, ‘What a fine person I must be to have done it.’ The more you delight in yourself and the less you delight in the praise, the worse you are becoming. When you delight wholly in yourself and do not care about the praise at all, you have reached the bottom.”
- True pride is focus on self. Humble is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
- So many people hate snobs – but you can only hate snobs if you are a snob. Do you look down at snobs? Do you look down at people who look down at people?
- Pride leads to a fall
- Throughout the entire Bible, if you humble yourself, you will be exaulted, if you exault yourself you will be humbled.
- Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proud people do not learn from criticism
- Superiority dismisses the criticism or attacks
- Inferiority is so devestated, they melt down and are devestated. In the end they ignore it
- Superiority makes you over-estimate, inferiority makes you under-estimate
- You see this story throughout the Bible
- Pride doesn’t just make you a fool, pride makes you EVIL.
Concluding thoughts: Up till now, have you been mainly focused on how this all applies to someone else?