There is a cure for pride which is a Christlike spirit of humility. Humility is actually the dominant thinking pattern of the mind of Christ Phil. 2:3-8. We are told to let this mind be in you Phil. 2:5. Sometimes the proud person is the only person who doesn’t recognize their pride. Without diagnosing the disease how can anyone take the cure? The Good News is that the finished work of Christ makes the mind of Christ a provision of grace we all possess in Christ. We have it within our spirit already but we have to let it renew and harness our natural mind. Strongholds in our mind need demolished and pulled down. Rarely will they leave on their own. I’ve collected some definitions and sayings about pride I like to check myself against. Be brave and check yourself out, root out the cause, and take the cure.
Pride: An overhigh opinion of oneself; exaggerated self esteem; conceit; haughty behavior resulting from this; excessive belief in one’s own worth, merit, superiority
Conceit: exaggerated opinion in oneself; one’s merits
Vanity: an excessive desire to be admired by others for one’s achievements
Vainglory: extreme conceit as manifested by boasting
Swagger: an act or instance of walking with a proud strut; an arrogantly self-confident way of walking; arrogant or conceitedly self-assured behavior
1. Makes us feel more important than other members of the Body of Christ.
2. Leads us to concentrate on our rights instead of our responsibilities.
3. Produces hardness of heart to where we’re insensitive to others’ needs and withhold love (cold people).
4. Is the root to all contentions and leads to unforgiveness because it displays impatience with others.
5. Produces self pity when we compare ourselves with one another.
6. Produces fear of man when we’re more concerned with what people think than what God thinks.
7. Produces an unteachable spirit unwilling to listen and inability to admit need.
8. Prefers self interests over others’ needs.
9. Will not admit mistakes always blames and makes excuses.
10. Leads to stinginess because we’re afraid there won’t be enough left for ourselves.
11. Produces sarcastic humor that tries to cut others down so no one is elevated above us.
12. Produces an independent spirit of never committing, submitting, or cooperating.
13. Needs to be begged to do things that are within their ability to do.
14. Expects others to consult us and is offended when we aren’t consulted.
15. Demands that others go through what we go through because it has no mercy.
16. Creates disloyalty and undermines authority like Absalom meeting the people coming out from David, hugging them, embracing them “Poor David doesn’t understand; tell Absalom.”
17. Is forever ungrateful; nothing is ever quite good enough and usually concentrates on what has not been done, rather than what has been done.
18. Pride is more concerned with who is right rather than what is right and only by pride comes contentions.
Can I get an “Amen,” an “Ouch,” or an “Oh My?” How about a “Thank God for the work of Christ that delivered me from pride.”