"Your boasting is not good!" 1 Corinthians 5:6
Pride is the
greatest sacrilege; it robs God of His
glory. What a horrid sin is pride!
it "the mother of hell." Pride encompasses all vice.
Pride is a spiritual drunkenness; it flies up like wine
into the brain
and intoxicates it. Pride is idolatry; a
proud man is a self-worshiper. How
odious is this
sin to God! "Everyone who is proud in heart, is an
abomination to the Lord!" Proverbs 16:5. "I hate
pride and arrogance!"
Those who look at themselves in the magnifying
mirror of self-love, appear better in their own eyes
than they are.
There is no idol like self; the proud
man bows down to this
Many are proud of their riches. Their hearts swell
their estates. Pride is the rich man's cousin.
"Your heart has become proud
because of your
wealth." Ezekiel 28:5.
Many are proud of their
apparel. They dress in such
fashions, as to make the devil fall in
love with them!
Painted faces, gaudy attire, naked breasts—what are
these, but the banners which sinful pride displays?
Many are proud
of their beauty. The body is but dust
and blood kneaded
together. Solomon says, "Beauty
is vain." Proverbs 31:30. Yet some are
to be proud of vanity! Shall dust exalt itself?
Many are proud of their gifts and abilities. These
trappings and ornaments do not approve them in God's
eyes. An angel
is a creature of great abilities; but take
away humility from an
angel—and he is a devil! God
loves a humble soul. It is not our high
birth; but our
humble hearts, which God delights in.
let us search if there is any of this leaven of pride
in us! Man is
naturally a proud piece of flesh. This sin
of pride runs in the
blood. There are the seeds of this
sin of pride in the best of
Christians—but the godly
do not allow themselves in it. They strive
to kill this
weed, by mortification.
But certainly where this
sin of pride reigns and prevails,
it cannot stand with grace.
You may as well call him who
lacks wisdom, a prudent man; as him who lacks
a godly man. "Clothe yourselves with humility toward one
another, because God opposes the proud, but gives grace
to the humble."
1 Peter 5:5. Put humility on, as an
embroidered robe. It is better to lack
The more value any man has, the more
humble he is.
Feathers fly up—but gold
descends! The golden
saint descends in humility. Look
at a humble Savior
—and let the plumes of pride fall off!
heart is God's palace! "For this is what
high and lofty One says; He who lives forever,
whose name is holy—I live in
a high and holy place,
but also with him who is contrite and lowly in
Isaiah 57:15 A humble heart glories in this—that it is
presence chamber of the great and glorious King!