Pride says to God, “I’m more important than you.” Pride would have its own way, rather than the Lord’s. God alone is worthy to receive honor, glory, and praise. But pride tries to hijack it for ourselves.
1 Peter 5:5 says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Which do you want from God: his opposition or his grace? If grace is what you want, it is vital that you lay aside pride.
Pride is the root of every sin. It has the audacity to disobey the loving, wise God who has purchased you. Pride wreaks havoc on your spiritual life.
We must declare war on pride lest we fall into sin and put enmity in between us and God.
What is pride?
It’s essential to know our opponent in this war. We need to know what pride is and what it looks like. We must be able to identify pride from a mile away. Let’s take a look inside the camp of our enemy.
Pride is that desire in you to receive more praise. It is the desire to be exalted rather than to glorify God. The proud person is confident in their own ability, and they do not rely on God’s grace.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of indicators to be watchful of:
- Frequently putting all of the attention on yourself
- Struggling to empathize with the sorrows of others
- Feeling self-pity when you’re not praised
- Constantly considering what others think of you
- Avoiding people who are better than you at something
- Easily finding flaws in others
Now that you can identify pride, you’ve got to know how to fight it. Here are 10 practical ways to be killing pride: