The Root Cause

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Prov 16:18)

It is said that pride is the root of every sin. Just think of the Ten Commandments in light of pride.  In each of the ten, arrogance or self-importance causes a person to think he can handle things without God, or puts his own wants before what God wants him to have.

What is sinful pride?

It is not the feeling of satisfaction after a job well done. And It is also not just an inflated sense of one’s own self worth. But in a biblical perspective, it involves our relationship with God. It is a self-righteousness that compels us to do or say things without first seeking Him.

It is pride when we:

handle a situation ourselves without pursuing His guidance.

think that our sins are not that bad.

compare our righteousness to others (who are “more sinful” than we are).

are blessed, and give ourselves the recognition (actually, when we credit ourselves instead of God, it is a form of idolatry—and I’m the idol!).

Lord, help me to seek You first, and acknowledge and give You the honor that You unquestionably deserve, and recognize and control my prideful spirit before I stumble or meet with destruction.


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