PRIDE- to value oneself, to be filled with self
We all have it to some degree or another. Pride is very subtle and it can manifest it differently in different people’s lives. What may look like conceit in my life, may look like fear in your life.
We are all guilty of pride. We are so filled with ourselves and much of the time we do not even see it. It creeps in when we are not looking and overtakes everything we touch. We see it quite clearly in everyone else’s life, but are completely blinded by it and from it n our own life.
The older I get, the clearer I see this ugliness in my heart. I detest it, but it always rears it’s ugly head and usually blindsides me. I do not even see it coming. I have been trying to identify pride in my life, so that I can stop it early on and repent and deal with this ugly sin before it takes the hard path of destruction.
I am starting to identify some behaviors that are pride starting to take root in my heart. Although I do not always catch them before they reek havoc, when I stop and look back I can see these behaviors were evident. They were just very subtle and even concealed.
The first behavior that starts to surface is independence. We start to pull away from God, the Word, and even accountability found in the church body. We do not need to go to church this week or we do not have time to be in the Word. We close ourselves off from fellowship of other believers. We do not “need” godly counsel and we certainly do not need people in our lives to hold us accountable. We think we are good and we have everything under control.
Comparison kills. It is the silent killer of our relationships. It steals our confidence in Christ. It lies to us and skews are perspective. Comparison works in two ways. It can create an inflated view of our self, making us seem better or more deserving than others. As an example, I am not as bad as that person. It can also start us in a downhill spiral into self pity. The poor me attitude. I have it so bad. My life is so much harder than everyone else’s.
The last behavior that tops it all off is rationalization. We start to rationalize our behaviors and add values to our behaviors. “Oh that is not that bad.” “I went to church three times last month I am good.” We start to make the steps to sin okay. Things that would have never been acceptable behaviors now all of a sudden are not that bad.
My prayer is that I catch the sin of pride before it gets to the rationalization stage. Once, I hit the rationalization stage it does not take long to be up to my eyeballs in sin.
I want to detect the sin of pride early. I want the alarms and alerts to go off when I catch these behaviors in my life.
“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
Hope this is helpful in identifying pride in your life!
Blessing as you walk in truth!