The Sin of Pride

Sin is such a devious aspect of our spirituality.  Although there are times when I am very aware of my sin at other times it is so subtle and deceptive.  Pride is one of the worst sins because it capitalizes not just on my failures but even more on my successes.  Just when I think I am making progress in some other area of sin, pride sneaks in and tells me what a fine person I am for avoiding this other failure.  Jeff Cook, in "Seven; The Deadly Sins and Beatitudes" writes "Pride is not thinking too much of myself; pride is thinking of myself too much." 

Pride leads to isolation because it always is about us.  That isolation separates us from God, breaks the intimacy that He desires to have with us and derails our dependence upon God.  Jesus taught the opposite in the beatitudes when he said "blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven".  The kingdom of heaven is what I want, not lifting up myself in arrogance and ego.  Oh to be in the place where humility prevails.  God has a way to bring about that humility.  In 1 Peter 5:5 it says "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble".  As a leader, pride can be a subtle but devastating sin.

 

John Hilliard

Leadership Connextions International 

jhilliard@lcileaders.org