“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
When it comes to sins, pride is the granddaddy of them all. C. S. Lewis observed that “A proud person 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 above you.” Some of the following questions may probe a bit too close for comfort; but take an honest minute to reflect upon the ways pride might be hidden in your own heart. Then pray for God to show you what you need to do about it.
- Have you ever left a meeting or a bible class with a feeling of enlightenment… based upon something you said during the meeting?
- In your conversations, does the subject always somehow turn back to you?
- Do you get easily hurt if your accomplishments or acts of service are not adequately recognized?
- Are the qualities you most admire in God the ones you find most prominent in yourself?
- Are you easily offended?
- Do others ever say to you, “You’re not really listening to what I’m saying”?
- Is it hard for you to let others know when you need help?
- Do you feel privately delighted when your rival has performed poorly in a public setting?
- Do you find yourself unable to relate to the bible’s warnings against pride because they’re not relevant to you?
- Have you ever been dumbfounded by a serious error in personal judgment that led to unforeseen problems in your life?
- Do you frequently find yourself frustrated by the lack of interesting, talented, or intelligent people around you?
- Do you find yourself being angry at God when circumstances don’t go your way, as though God should protect you from such disappointments?