I believe pride is the product of thinking like the world. The church speaks a lot about pride. Enough so it has kept my head spinning for years. But I think we have made it too complicated. This morning I woke up and came to this simple conclusion.
Pride is simply believing you’re better than someone else. As soon as you find yourself looking down on another person for whatever reason that is pride. You’ll know because gossip, belittling, and accusing words soon follow.
When we really love, like the biblical love, we see others as our brothers and sisters. Equal and of great value. Every person having God given gifts, talents, and purpose.
If we believe that some people are important, than we must also believe others are unimportant.
A couple of my favorite verses on pride.
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not. 1 Cor. 4:7
The Pharisees’ Pride kept them from acknowledging and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They had the, “I know better than God,” kind of Pride.
I enjoy this story of the Pharisees and the blind man. Jesus had opened the eyes of the blind man. Now they were questioning him. As he was sharing his testimony, about Jesus, the Pharisee immediately started gossiping, belittling, and accusing him. Followed by, “who are you to tell us.” And then they threw him out.
I’ve lived this myself, got the T-shirt in fact, and I am sure I am not the only one by simply sharing my testimony as we are instructed to do.
30The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. John 9:30-34
I have found that remembering my own sins is a great humbler. Praise God they have been washed away, but it helps me to remember we are all in the same boat.