Pride definitions / thinking about pride

Pride is a border wall that separates humanity from healing, inner peace, honest relationships, and spontaneous joy. Pride prevents true openness with others and hinders genuine heart-to-heart connections. It makes us hide much of who we really are.

Pride eliminates any need for gratitude. Why thank others for what you’ve done? Pride is exaggerated self-evaluation. Humility is honest self-evaluation.

Pride wants to look good even when things are bad. It wants appearance to supersede reality. Pride denies our need for mercy, forgiveness, and inner healing. Pride pursues praise but circumvents correction.

Much wrong is done and much good is avoided in attempts to protect pride. Pride fails to acknowledge (or even to recognize) the many things it doesn’t know. Pride and pretense are heavy burdens that are too often invisible to the people who carry them.

Pride is often unaligned with truth. It is dependent on illusion. In fact, pride is the fusion of ego and illusion. Pride always goes to great length to appear as strength. Pride fears truth! It prefers feeling good about self over being in line with reality.

Pride is based on boastful feelings (even if they are unspoken). Pride makes self-deception very difficult to detect. Pride is self-exaltation in your own eyes and/or in the eyes of others. Pride is the chain that keeps us locked in the prison of self.

Pride is a function of self-focus. When we focus away from self, we forget about our pride. Pride is the belief that “I have a right to do it my way.” It leads people away from wisdom into self-deception.

Institutionalized wrong continues because pride won’t let most people even admit that it is wrong. Pride confidently and blindly assumes that God is on our side.

Nobody could keep up their pride if suddenly everybody could hear all their thoughts. Pride and ego are often nothing more than a way to hide deep insecurities and feelings of guilt, behind a narcissistic show.

Conscience convicts and corrects. Pride promotes and praises. Conscience says confess your mistakes. Pride says hide them. Pride is a bulldozer unearthing everything that gets in its way. Between conscience and pride, conscience is the much better guide. Conscience continually calls us to cast down our pride and do right no matter what other people think. Pride and conscience play tug-of-war in the human heart. The side we pull for wins.

The “I’d” in “pride” takes over our lives. “I’d rather do it my way!” “I’d be embarrassed to do it differently.” Pride and arrogance are synonyms. Pride boasts not just in having or accomplishing something, but in having or accomplishing more than other people. Crack open pr”I”de and there’s a proud “I” in the middle.

Pride searches and strives for self-exaltation. Humility refuses to be entrapped in self-focus. Partaking of humble pie and humili-tea makes it easier to swallow our pride and to focus on serving others. Humility has no need to “show off.” Here’s the key to humility: Pride can’t long survive open and honest introspection.

Proud feelings are frequently faulty, overflowing with falsehood. Follow truth, not proud feelings. Pride, like sun glasses, blocks out much light.

Pride’s a coverup, a mask to hide our hurts, flaws, insecurity, guilt and shame. It keeps us from fully accepting God’s forgiveness. Pride is a poor substitute for awe and gratitude.

Love is patient. Pride is impatient. Love is kind. Pride is unkind. Love never fails. Pride always, eventually fails.

Pride turned Lucifer, the archangel, into Satan, the source of all evil. That’s dangerous stuff! You can’t follow pride and follow Jesus at the same time. Jesus said: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.”

Pride can only be maintained by seeing God as small. Awareness of God’s grandeur and power pulverizes pride. There can be no pride in God’s presence. Ego wants to hide God’s reality behind the pretense of religion.

Make pride break its stride and make ego let go. Walk in the Spirit’s freedom, forgiveness, spontaneity, joy, peace, and innocence. The Holy Spirit’s spontaneity that shines a spotlight on reality is a great threat to human pride.

It’s the role of the Holy Spirit (not the role of pride) to lead believers. Our role is to actively, humbly, and continually follow the Spirit’s leadership. (Romans 8:14.)

Obeying Jesus’ command to “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” will help bring freedom from pride. Jesus said; “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you.” Detractors are good for you (but bad for your pride).

In writing all this, I’ve been made very aware of something. Pride often keeps me focused on what I want and distracted from what God wants.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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