The greatest sin of all
I know sin is sin, but pride seems to be the root of all evil. In pride, we crown ourselves gods over ourselves and over everything and everyone around us. We feel self sufficient. We don´t need God if we take it a notch higher. We reject any kind of advice or counsel.
Dangers of Pride.
The most dangerous thing about pride is it turns up, when least expect it to. You are blind to it. You don’t need the devil to tempt you into being proud, all you need is to think you have achieved it all on your own, or you have achieved righteousness by keeping the commandments and bang!!! It’s in.
In the very centre of God’s holiness, Lucifer developed pride. He didn’t need anyone to tempt him into this, but he looked at how beautiful and wonderful he was. Pride ate up inside of him until it could not be contained but rather got him to think he could over throw God.
Pride has its deepest danger in the fact that it comes when everything is going on well, when you are achieving the best, when you feel more than contented in who you are. Pride then, develops like a cancer from deep within and comes out through the mouth and is established by our actions.
Manifestation of pride
Pride comes in so many different ways and creeps into our lives. To fight pride, we need to recognise it before it gets out of hand. Sometimes how easily we conquer depends on how we Resist the Devil at His Onset – Joyce Meyer.
Today we shall consider the three major ways in which pride might appear in our lives. While it is important that to know that all pride begins in the heart before we begin to act proud, it is through our actions that others will know that we are struggling with pride.
1.Pride in knowledge
Pride is the moment when you see and think you have it all, yet you are losing it all. God hates pride. The proud shall be humbled and the humble exalted.
We tend to be impatient when we think we are being told what we think we know. Anything being said to us seems like foolishness and induces that nagging feeling one gets when someone seems to “force their opinion on us.
2. Pride in accomplishments
In pride, we believe we are the sole reason as to why everything we have and earned was and is because of our own effort, hard work, wisdom and vigilance. We ignore the fact that we have no control over our situation let alone own life.
Every second is a blessing from God and even the ability to do what we do is by His grace. Yet this, we disregard this in all our achievements. We forget that God is constantly working behind the scenes to get us where we are and out of trouble in the effort to win us back to himself.
3. Pride in self-righteousness
Self-earned righteousness is quick-sand. It is pride. We take pride in the commandments of God what we have “managed to keep”. Feeding the pride in us as we think ourselves holier than the people who seem to struggle more with sin. But Christ said that is we break on commandment, we have broken all 10 of God´s commandments.
Even if we managed to keep all law (which is impossible) and thus achieve righteousness, we would lose it because of pride. Thinking we are holier than all the rest because we achieved righteousness but in the long run fall because of this pride.
Self-righteousness covers our eyes to the extend that we become judgemental towards other people´s as we ignore our own weaknesses. In doing this, we become less understanding to “sinners” and end up going against God´s calling to love everyone as ourselves.
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. – Romans 9:30-32
God´s way to save us from this stumbling block
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Thank God He saw a way out. He made a way for us to acquire righteousness and yet not have to bear with the temptation pride. That is by Doing it all for us. He died on the cross to save us from sin and death. He achieved righteousness for mankind. This is his gift to us. It is paid for and completely free.
And all we have to do is believe. For by Grace, through the faith He gives us, we are made righteous. And since it is not our own achievement, we don’t become proud of ourselves but just remain overwhelmed by what Jesus did. We boast in God and his amazing grace and power to save us from all unrighteousness.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31