Ah, pride! How we detest a person who brags, or walks around with a cocky attitude. We have no use for those who think they are better than everyone else. The question is how much pride do we have that we don’t even know about?
Pride is an enemy of our soul that affects us as well as others around us. It hinders our ability to help others who need us. Arrogance, boasting, haughtiness and snobbery, self-centeredness–all types of pride.
When a person has a high opinion of himself and seeks to be the center of his known universe at all times, he is prideful. Equally, when a person has a low opinion of herself and seeks to be the center of her known universe, she is prideful.
Fault finding is a symptom of pride. Fault-finders talk about other people’s faults and failures with laughter or contempt, frustration or irritation, and judgment. Humility, on the other hand, speaks of the faults of others with grief and love.
People with pride are easily offended. They are far more concerned with others’ perceptions of them than the reality of their own hearts. Pride is hungry for attention, respect, and worship, in all its forms.
Pride honors only those whom the world deems worthy of honor. An important consideration for pride is to save face in any situation, to always seem to be on top of everything. Pride hungers for the attention of those in high places and rejects attention from those who can offer them nothing. Pride wants the best of everything and will stop at nothing to have it.
When we realize that pride has a stronghold on us, we must repent and resist it just as God does so that we will be lifted up.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.