(Part 1 of 6)
C. S. Lewis stated, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people;
and of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s
In this series on pride we will define pride from a biblical perspective, talk
about how God views it, how it is manifested in our lives, give biblical
examples, and conclude with suggestions on how we can come to grips with it.
From a biblical perspective pride is expressed in self-exaltation;
self-will; the desire to be beholden neither to God nor man.
Pride is about the self-sufficiency of a selfish spirit that desires
unstrained independence: To be the
master of one’s own destiny. The
antithesis of pride is revealed in Jesus’ total dependence on the Father:
myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I
seek not to please myself but him who sent me”
John Ruskin observed, “In general, pride is at the bottom of all great
mistakes.” T. S. Elliot commented
that “most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be
important.” G. K. Chesterton
remarked, “If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against
pride.” Fred Allen playfully
observed that “some movie stars wear their sun glasses even in church.
They’re afraid that God might recognize them and ask for autographs.”
GOD’S VIEW OF PRIDE:
He hates it.
has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure…Though the Lord is on
high, He looks upon the lowly, but the proud He knows from afar…The Lord detests
all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished…The
loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be
brought low; and Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day…God opposes the
proud but gives grace to the humble" (Psa. 101:5b; 138:6; Pro. 6:16, 17;
8:13b; Isa. 2:1 (ASV); Jms. 4:6).
This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.
R. Dwight Hill