The Manifestations of Pride

The Manifestations of Pride

The latter part of 1Pe 5:5 tells us ….for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Two of the most misunderstood words in the bible are found in verse 5. The first word is Grace and the second word is Humility. Grace is not a license to sin nor is it God overlooking our shortcomings. I believe the Lord is wanting to release a greater measure of Grace upon his people! Grace is the power of God’s Spirit bringing us into the fullness of what he has for us. Even though Grace is a free gift and available to all, there are certain conditions to receiving grace. Grace is only available to “The Humble”. Humility is misunderstood by many and for many religious people humility is demonstrated by certain religious expressions that are self demeaning and appear to give God “all the glory”. Much of this is false humility which is a form of pride because it is done to win the approval of man. Humility and Pride are simply right and wrong attitudes of the heart

Pr 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride is hard to to identify in oneself because it is many times covered by false humility and acts of religion. The best way to examine yourself is to look for the symptoms or manifestations of pride. Pride is a root sin and can only be dealt with by tracing the fruit back to the root and laying an ax to the root through true repentance and sorrow over our wrong attitudes. Following are 10 symptoms of pride that may manifest if someone has pride in their lives.

 1. The proud are easily offended

Pr 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Mt 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

 2. The proud are rebellious

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Isa 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

 3. The proud must be in control

Ro 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 

4. The proud are focused on self

2Ti 3:1 This know also, in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves..

 5. The proud are contentious

Pr 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Pr 28:25 He thats of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

6. The proud are critical and faultfinding

Mt 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Ga 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

7. The proud are concerned about their reputation

Mt 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

Mt 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Ec 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

8. The proud are lacking in dependency on the Lord

Ps 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Mt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

9. The proud are lacking in gratitude

Ro 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

10. The proud rarely admit to being wrong

1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Pride and humility are an attitude of the soul

Lu 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

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