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I've been told a lot, that I am a proud person.
I do not argue with this. If every human on earth were recatagorized based on which sin they were most akin to, I would be Pride, or Vainglory.
This isn't me ranting about some stuck up notion that I think I am beyond such things, but more a question about what makes pride.
How does one avoid "succumbing" to this sin, thought by some to be the most dangerous of the 7 sins?
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The best way I can describe pride and advice against it is summed in the Bible - 1 John 2:15-17,
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."
In his book The Imitation of Christ, Thomas Kempis wrote some 600 years ago the following advice on pride:
"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel. To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself."
Pride is not only esteeming ourselves highly, but it gets in the way of us esteeming ourselves as we really are. A good example in my opinion of how the Bible addresses the subject is Phlippians 2:3-8,
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
I came across this surfing the web - something to consider about pride:
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny...because
you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment...because you
"deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge...because you already
know it all.
I cheat you of healing...because you're
too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness...because you refuse to
admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision...because you'd rather look
in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of a genuine friendship...because
nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love...because real romance
I cheat you of greatness in heaven...because you
refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory...because I convince
you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking out for you.
Untrue. I'm looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry...
If you stick with me
You'll never know.
(last edited by tRIUNE on 09-29-11 03:37 PM)
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