Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
Written by: Marshall King
At its core, pride is the act of focusing on ourselves rather than focusing and putting God and others first. Our sin-nature, which is our flesh, is naturally inclined towards focusing on self.
Puritan Thomas Watson once said this of pride: “It is a spiritual drunkenness; it flies up like wine into the brain and intoxicates it. It is idolatry; a proud man is a self-worshiper.”
Pride destroys our relationship with God and others. Pride is often blinding. We see it in others, but we fail to recognize it in ourselves. It manifests itself in many ways. A few examples include getting angry, seeking control, having a critical spirit, being irritable towards others, and not admitting when we’re wrong.
God hates pride and calls it an abomination. When we are confronted by God or other Christ-followers about our pride, we must confess and repent. Until we truly repent and turn from our sinful prideful behavior, we cannot love God and others in a spirit of humility.
The Bible is filled with accounts of the sin of pride and the consequences that resulted. In the Garden of Eden, Satan questioned and denied God’s authority and sovereignty. He deceived Eve. Eve gave into sin, which ultimately led to the fall of all mankind.
King Saul, Israel’s first king, disobeyed God and his pride led to him being removed as king. Then it eventually led to his death due to his unwillingness to repent of his sin.
Job reached a point in his trials where he began to question and judge God. Job ultimately humbled himself and repented of his lack of exalting God and he began glorifying God. God richly blessed Job in the latter years of his life.
Thought of the day: Do you struggle with pride? Do you want to be freed from the sin of pride and live a life that glorifies God? Dying to self and completely surrendering to God on a daily basis is the key to living with humility. Jesus modeled it for us. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Prayer: Father, search my heart and reveal any prideful actions or attitudes that I am blind to or have chosen not to confess and repent of. I desire to live a life that honors and glorifies You. Thank You for loving me as I am and not as I should be. Amen.