A lowly title for a blog post about pride

It’s humbling to write about pride. When I do, I see it in me.

Giving up pride is liberating! There’s no image to maintain. Pride and peace of mind don’t mix.

Pride confirms what you believe to be true. Humility searches for what’s really true. Self-pity is wounded pride nursing its pain.

Love builds bridges. Pride puts pricey toll booths and armed guards on them. Because pride denies its own pain, it lacks compassion for the pain of others. If we would learn to live on less pride and more humility, our lives would be better.

A proud person is full of excuses. Otherwise their pride would collapse.

Students in the school of pride believe they have nothing to learn. Feeling like you’re somebody doesn’t make you better than anybody.

Pride puts self first. Love puts others first. Pride fills us with self-concern and distracts us from the many joys of daily life. Wounded pride’s a chance to break free, but many people nurse it back to recovery.

In the end, pride counts for nothing. Reality and truth are what matter. Pride claims to be strong, but it internally collapses under simple disapproval. Pride is used to hide inner turmoil. It is an ego shout that continually tries to snuff out internal self-doubt.

Pride wants the credit, but humility is after results that help other people. Everyone has evil in them. Some learn to resist it and overcome it better than others. When inner freedom is illusive, many settle for the proudful illusion of freedom.

Pride doesn’t make people happy. It makes us guarded, defensive, and hard-hearted. Truth isn’t designed to bolster pride, therefore, pride avoids and denies truth.

Pride has a tiny comfort zone — being in the center of people’s positive attention. It thinks that people who disagree with it are either evil or not very smart. Pride highlights self, over and over again.

Think outside your pride. (It’s amazing what lies beyond it.) The bubble of pride is a deceitful guide. Like any bubble, it eventually pops. Truth is found outside the bubble of pride. (If you play your cards in the bubble of pride, your overconfidence will backfire.)

We can take pride and pull it down so that it doesn’t imprison us in self-focus. Pride and denial are good friends. Pride is confusing. It often boast about wrongful deeds. Pride is continually needy of more things to gloat and boast about.

Pride prefers words that proliferate it; not words that tell the truth about it. It’s only satisfied when it feels and acts like it’s better than and outranks others. Pride pretends to be self-sufficient, but it hides much woundedness.

Pride has trouble understanding and accepting anything that doesn’t build it up. It is deceptive. Many people are proud of things that they had nothing to do with. It’s irrational for people to feel proud (or guilty) of things things they had nothing to do with.

It takes a skewed view of self to produce pride. An honest view of self is humbling. Too much self-regard will make your heart hard. We have trouble hearing and understanding anything that wounds our pride. If you’re unwilling to try to understand what people are saying, pride’s in the way.

Pride blames other people for its own shortcomings. It justifies wrongdoing; it begins to say that wrong is right and that right is wrong. Pride self-censors words like, “I’m sorry,” “I’m wrong,” “Forgive me,” “My mistake.” It enjoys seeing people (it dislikes) humiliated.

Pride insists that it has nothing to apologize for. It says, “Don’t forgive people, but gloat over your supposed moral superiority.” Violence is extreme pride, the belief you have the right to physically harm people. To set pride aside and sincerely apologize, gives relationships a healing, fresh start.

Pride and conscience can’t get along. One usually pushes aside the other. Every sin is birthed through pride. A little pride casts a big shadow that hides much truth. “It’s not bragging if you’ve done it,” unless you’re using it to win praise.

Authentic greatness is hard to find. Much that we call great is pomp and circumstance. Seeking and embracing truth sets us free from the inner dictatorship of self-deception. Pride is the denial of the unpleasant realities about yourself.

Pride too often enjoys and celebrates other people’s humiliation. It often trounces on truth and justice. Pride can’t see anything that it wants to praise more than self.

Pride never dares to compare itself to perfection. That’s too humbling.

Pride is a threat to equality. It always wants to be better than others, not equal to them. Pride needs an audience of inferiors.

All pride is illusion. Honestly facing reality generates humility. Pride puts self first, but self-focus evades happiness because self’s never satisfied.

If it hurts your pride to let go of an opinion, it may not be based on facts. Pride and honesty seldom get along with each other. Weaponized pride can intimidate people and help you get your way, but recoil’s coming.

Pride flaunts its inflated opinion of self. A puff of suddenly released pride can proliferate a lot of damage. Pride demands respect, but any respect given as mere compliance is usually fake. Pride puts self on a fragile pedestal in order to admire and promote it.

Pride’s not a foundation of self-worth. It’s more of a bold mask for insecurity. People who don’t know their value as a human being, look for other labels to wear.

Pride basks and gloats in success, whether it’s real or fake. It surrounds itself with empty phrases and hollow words. Pride is an attempt to avoid owning up to our faults and misdeeds. It seldom minds twisting the truth to protect itself.

No amount of money, possessions, power, or fame can satisfy human pride. Pride or shame aren’t life’s only options. We can be forgiven and grateful.

Emotions can make you feel that what’s unreal is real. For example, by falling into pride, people think that they have risen and are unaware that they have actually fallen.

Pride demands a pedestal, but a damaged ego can learn the joy of humility. Pride would rather be praised for what it knows, than taught what it doesn’t know. It prevents accurate self-assessment. Pride believes that it has the privilege and right of superiority.

The Bible presents pride as a major sin. That’s not a popular point of view. Pride and total honesty can’t walk hand in hand. Pride has no room for the living, interventionist God and His truth.

Pride admits no need for forgiveness and thus perceives no need for Christ’s mercy. Our pride is the major source of our anger. If you pull down and dismantle your pride, you won’t have to protect it from others.

Pride can trick you into believing that you’re better than you really are. The more you experience God’s grace, the less room you have for self-righteousness. Grace wounds pride. Religion turns pride into self-righteousness.

Spiritual pride attempts to justify itself by claiming God’s favor and approval. Your love and humility can slip behind other people’s pride and help them open up their heart.

Pride that elevates your skin color over other skin colors, is racism. Pride is an idol, at odds with God — an attempted substitute for His inner peace. The idea of self-supremacy is dangerous. All humans are made out of the same stuff.

The sin of pride is sneaky. It usually disguises itself as noble and virtuous. Instead of following God’s way, pride hinders God by continually getting is His way. Pride flees an open, honesty, mutually supportive environment. Churches seem to, too.

Jesus doesn’t say ′′ love yourself.” He assumes that you already do. He says that you should love your neighbor as much as you already do love yourself. Nations cease to exist. People are eternal. Love them more than governments.

People enter the kingdom of God by abandoning pride and surrendering their will and obedience to the King of Kings — the living Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sheep listen to His voice and humbly let Him lead them. Do you?

It’s freeing to acknowledge that Jesus is number one, and to realize that you don’t need to be! The inner buoyancy of Jesus’ water wings transcends the self-effort of treading water.

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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7 Responses to A lowly title for a blog post about pride

  1. Jon says:

    Thank you Steve!

  2. Michael Humber says:

    Longest one, yet. Loved it!!!

  3. Jean A. Stanford says:

    Wow, Steve! Just… wow!!! This is going to be the subject of many a session of our non-church church. It might take a year to go through it… slowly, savoring every morsel! The Holy Spirit’s fingerprints are all over this one!

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