(A Harsh Taskmaster)
Pride feels that it is more important or better than others.
Pride has some relatives who are just as harsh as itself.
Arrogance has an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing
manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions. Self-conceitedness
has an exaggerated opinion of its own qualities or abilities; it
is vain. Egotism feels or believes that it is better, more important, and
more talented than other people. It is the practice of talking about oneself
False humility is actually pride turned inside-out. Pride is seen in a hardened
heart towards God like Pharaoh who wouldn’t let Moses and God’s chosen
people go. It is someone who never admits to being wrong and thus refuses
to repent and forgive others. A stiff-necked person is full of pride. Self-hatred
is rooted in pride or ego in that it presumes to know better than our Creator,
who commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. God loving us
unconditionally equates that we are to love ourselves and our fellow man
in like manner. An egotistical person ignores the truth, celebrates the
abominable, promotes rebellion or witchcraft, vehemently tempts God’s people,
and then condemns those who give into temptations enticement to sin. It is
in its truest form satanic, evil, devilish, and of and representing Lucifer who
declared he would ascend into heaven, exalt his throne above God’s stars, sit
upon the mount of the congregation, ascend above the heights of the clouds,
and be like the Most High (Isaiah14:12-14). Pride is also seen
in an unbridled tongue which is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Out of
a forked tongue proceeds blessing and cursing (James 3:8-10). It spews gossip,
back-biting, dissension, variance, and hatred. Pride promotes jealousy,
strife, stress, envy, lies, thievery, murder, lust, destruction, distrust, and immediate
satisfaction. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 warns against pride in the last days. Last days’
pride is seen in those who love only themselves and their money. They are
boastful and proud. They scoff at God, disobey their parents, and are ungrateful.
Nothing is considered sacred to them. They are unloving and unforgiving; they
slander others and have no self-control. They betray their friends, are reckless,
are puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They act religious,
but reject the power that could make them godly.
Humility and unconditional love are the antidotes to pride. Our savior Jesus
Christ epitomized humility and genuine love by associating with sinners, washing
the disciples feet, and by laying down his life for us undeserving sinners.
A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in
spirit (Proverbs 29:23). Every moment of everyday we must choose. Is it going to be
pride the harsh taskmaster or humility the kind, self-controlled and loving one?
Our actions, responses and words reveal if we’re walking in pride or humility.