It’s the most destructive force in life. There isn’t even a close second. It influences every decision and is the number one vice in the world. What is it? Pride.
Simply put, pride is an unhealthy preoccupation with self. So this week we want to challenge you to say “No” to these selfies:
Self-admiration – Pride says, “look at me! Don’t I look great?” It spends an inordinate amount of time looking in the mirror.
Self-justification – Pride always has to be right! When it comes to relational conflict, pride spends a lot of time rehearsing its argument. Pride wants the win at all costs.
Self-sufficiency – Pride says, “I don’t need any help, I can do it myself.” It relies on its own strength.
Self-absorbed – With pride, it’s all about me. My needs are the most important. My dreams, my opinions, my preferences, my desires are all that matters. Me. My. Mine.
Self-promotion – Pride at its core is competitive. It is always comparing. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something unless it is something more than the next person.
Self-defeating – Pride is unteachable. It produces apathetic ignorance and neglect.
Self-righteous – Pride in a spiritual setting is perhaps the most toxic of all. This kind of pride says, “I am better than everyone else.”
Self- deceiving – Pride poses a particular challenge because it mutates a soon as we recognize it. Unlike other vices, pride appears when you are at your best.
Pride is deadly.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NIV
The victims of pride are stepped on, abused, marginalized and dismissed. But the greatest victim is the possessor. Their self-obsession eliminates every healthy relationships and ultimately destroys them.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalm 10:4 NIV
Jesus offers the antidote to pride in his most famous sermon.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 NIV
Jesus challenges us to recognize the poverty of our lives without God. We you realize that you are nothing and have nothing without God, pride is dealt a death blow.