This post kicks-off the much anticpated (teased) Seven Deadly Sin Series, and we are starting with pride. I felt like this was a topic to discuss because we are ALL faced with the sins of our flesh and these “Seven” are big ones that permeate all the sins we commit.
We are a society that is more connected, more intertwined, and more exposed than ever before. SO, our flesh has more of a role than ever before. It’s hard to not give in to depravity when it’s so commonplace.
We Want The Glory
In a simplistic sentence to explain pride >> we want the glory that belongs to God. The focus in our mind should be on ourselves. To get ourselves to a level of success and envy. We want the focus on our needs. This is pride.
Pride is being boastful in our own capabilities with no attribution to The One who died for our very existence. Pride has been a part of the Earth since creation. The very first sin committed was in the beginning, Genesis 3, and the evil one preempted the sin of pride with a lie. Promising Eve that she would be like God. The temptation was too much. The idea that she could be a god, moving God from His rightful place, was the desire she had for herself > self-serving.
Pride is in the root of every sin because it is essentially stating that God is not enough, and therefore does not stay in His rightful place. Often times, we see ourselves as David facing Goliath. But, we aren’t David, David is a symbol of Christ not us. We aren’t the focus of the Bible, God is the point. Our pride wants to fight His authority in that place and give us more control than we actually have.
Pride Seeks Satisfaction
Pride seeks satisfaction in things rather than God. We believe the lie that there is more for us. When Eve is tempted, it makes her believe that the fruit will satisfy something she doesn’t already have, that it will enlighten her, and that it had beauty. Ultimately, giving her more than what she’s already been given and making her more than she already is.
“In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Pride is about self-preservation.
It’s about thinking we deserve something, and passing off responsibility to anyone but ourselves.
Today, this is a battle we all deal with because we are in a constant state of comparison, and instant gratification. These scenarios spill over into our relationships too, which REALLY affects our lives/happiness. We are conditioned to meeting expectations because we are bombarded with what “everyone else is doing”, which ultimately changes how we relate to those we love and others in general.
I know for myself, that many of my “problems” with Adam are issues that I have with myself. Typically, it’s about expectations that I’ve created in my mind, not communicated to anyone else, and then followed up with disappointment that it didn’t work out.
When pride has a hold on us, we don’t want to be wrong, belittled, made to feel less than, or forgotten. We need to be acknowledged for what we feel is worthy of praise, and blameless when things aren’t right.
The only cure for pride is to change our heart and believe in faith the truth. There is nothing we can do ourselves, except KNOW who God is and what He has done for us. When we have strong belief in that truth, we can “come back to Earth”.
Having pride just masks issues that we have within and replaces them with the desire to manifest a false reality. Inevitably, it will not produce the outcome we want because the solution is being framed by a lie.
The best fuel I’ve been able to give myself in moments that pride is prevailing my nature is to ask the question “does this reflect me, or God?”, if the answer is myself >>>> time to move away. We can all get caught up in pursuing things that present themselves because of what it may give to us, and not all opportunities are bad, in fact, some are God-given. However, we cannot allow ourselves to be consumed with what we are achieving for ourselves and neglect the very person who gave it all to us in the beginning.
And when pride reveals itself in a relationship, you can guarantee, people will suffer. It stops forgiveness in its tracks, it sucks happiness, and is the thief of redemption.
God did not die so that we could be in power. He died so that we could know and give love, back to Him, and to all that we come into contact with.
Pride causes vicious behavior. I’ve witnessed it destroy people.
Pride keeps you from living a life that is meant for goodness. Pride eliminates our ability to receive and give God’s love, to have His nature within us, and ultimately develop real relationships with Him or anyone else.
Know who God is, who you are, and the reason you’re here to begin with. If you can focus on these three things, and their truth >> you CAN CURE PRIDE!
Have you dealt with the ramifications of pride? How did you deal with the situation, and what have you done to keep it in check? This could be within yourself or in dealing with someone else.