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.