The Great Sin: Pride 5.8.12

by Aaron K.

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The Great Sin: Pride 5.8.12

"In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronize me, or show off?" -CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

Pride…the Great Sin. How do we even begin to evaluate it in ourselves, when it is so deeply rooted in our fallen nature? Pride is itself blinding…for we so quickly and easily spot in others, yet think some how we don’t give evidence of it ourselves. So how do we daily test it in our heart? Perhaps CS Lewis had it pegged…the more we have it in ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. How do we respond when not taken notice of? When others show off? Deeper yet…how about when a close peer gets praised, promoted, buys a nice house, a new car, etc. There really is no end to the pervasive nature of pride. We think we have it pegged in one area only for it to reveal its ugly head in another. Action. My sons, first steps in engaging in the lifelong battle with pride is knowing that we are in fact proud. Daily being aware of where, when and how it shows up…for whatever ignites our pride reveals our secret idols. Proactively in speech always encourage and take interest in others, speaking little of self while keeping watch over your use of the personal pronoun "I"…for our speech will be a great revealer of our current heart condition as well.