The Danger of Pride
THE DANGER OF PRIDE
Pastor Nick Bergeron
Fellowship of the Unashamed, Louisiana
C.S. Lewis stated that the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh could both be accounted for in human nature, but the pride of life could only derive from hell itself.
We need to take this subject of pride seriously so that we can consciously deal with it.
Pride is very deceptive. It’s been said that it’s the only disease that makes everyone in the room sick except the one who has it! If you ever had to sit and listen to someone boast about themselves, you know what I mean.
It's an abomination to God. God hates a proud look! Proverbs 16:5, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”
Scripture warns us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. I cannot remember how long I had been a believer, but I didn’t understand how much pride was affecting me. I cannot even describe the difference it made in me once I recognized it and began to deal with the root.
Pride has over fifty responses or fruits. For example, if we have pride and we suffer, we will feel self pity. If we have pride and we succeed, we will feel boastful about our success. Pride will cause us to be easily embarrassed.
Pride will make us do things differently. It’ll make us see things differently. It’ll make us feel things differently. “My car is too clean to give someone a ride! My house is too neat to invite people over! My circle of friends would look down on me if I ministered to the homeless or the poor.” This is why the feeling of importance must be rooted out of someone before they can be fit to rule in the eyes of God.
1 Timothy 3:6, “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
I would consider the Apostle Paul one of the most spiritual men in scripture, yet God had to send a messenger of Satan, a thorn in his flesh. Why? So that even Paul would not be lifted up with pride because of all the revelations he was given. How are we tempted to act with just one revelation? If it was something that even the Apostle Paul could fall into, how much more you and I?
I’ve heard it said that pride can turn angels into demons, as in the case with Lucifer. It would behoove us all to take this subject seriously. Our Lord’s honor is at stake when we ignore the danger of pride.