The Way of Pride
I enjoy academics. Normally, homework doesn’t faze me. But one project I did recently was intimidating.
This assignment was called “The Great Sin Project,” and it was quite straightforward. I only had to read an article on pride, think about my failures in pride, and write down 50 ways I display pride.
Have you ever written down 50 ways you display pride? As I said, doing this was intimidating. But it wasn’t intimidating because it would be difficult.
It was intimidating because it was so easy.
Pride characterizes my whole life. I wish it didn’t. I wish that finding 50 areas I display pride wasn’t so easy – but it was. Why is pride so pervasive in my life? Why is it so pervasive in other Christians’ lives? After all, the Bible clearly states God’s attitude toward pride.
To put it mildly, God hates pride.
Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
A proud person seeks to exalt himself. Essentially, he wants to approach the high and exalted place that only God should inhabit. He worships himself instead of God and looks down on others instead of serving them.
Obviously, God isn’t impressed with a proud person; He condemns pride, and distances Himself from those who are full of pride. I can understand that.
What I can’t understand, however, is God’s attitude toward a humble person.
Psalm 138:6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
God inhabits eternity, in His “high and holy place” . . . with “him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit.”
That’s incredible to me. It’s a paradox – the highest being of all dwells in high places with people who are lowly.
I don’t know about you, but I would rather be with God worshiping Him than by myself worshiping my own inflated view of myself.
So what do I do with those 50 areas I exhibit pride? I believe that my pride often builds a wall in my relationship with God. In my pride, I am choosing my own way and rejecting God’s.
The way to deal with pride, however, is the same as dealing with any sin.
Confess. And forsake.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Maybe you could easily write your own list of 50 ways you display pride. Go ahead and do it. And then look through that list. Note each area that pride creeps into your life, creating division in your relationships with others and your relationship with God.
God can forgive you for every single one.
Don’t hesitate to confess your pride. Don’t hesitate to ask God’s forgiveness. He wants you to be restored to Him.
The way of humility is always better than the way of pride.