In the previous article I introduced the subject of pride and humility by drawing our attention to Peter’s exhortation in 1 Peter 5:5-7. Continue reading . . .
In the previous article I introduced the subject of pride and humility by drawing our attention to Peter’s exhortation in 1 Peter 5:5-7. Here it is again.
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7).
I’d like to start by drawing our attention to 7 characteristics of pride or of the proud heart.
As you will see, everything having to do with pride is focused on our centered around the self. Me. You. Us. The proud person, in a nutshell, is self-satisfied, self-sufficient, self-congratulatory, self-referential, self-reliant, self-defensive, and self-righteous. Pride is all about self!
(1) The proud person is self-satisfied. “But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior. It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought; but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me” ((Hosea 13:4-6). Smug and content with what they think they’ve accomplished for themselves, proud people soon forget God, or simply ignore him. They are convinced they don’t need him. Oh, they’d never let anyone hear them say that, but that’s what they believe within.
(2) The proud person is self-sufficient.
This second feature builds upon the first