Humility is the foundation of all virtue, but pride is the essence of all sin. The world system operates on the basis of pride, for all that is in the world is lust and pride (1 John 2:16). Pride and lust are root sins from which all other sins spring. Pride is the mother of evil.
With these thoughts in mind, what are some of pride’s best disguises?
Manipulation – Play acting a bit in order to get attention and/or our own way…
– Depressed Donald – What’s the matter, Don? Why so glum? Don: “Ah, things didn’t go MY way. I don’t like the way the day turned out. I don’t like what God is doing in MY life. People don’t seem too care too much about ME and MY world and MY problems.”
– Silent Susie – Why so quiet, Susie? Susie: “I don’t know.” [while inwardly thinking: “Please ask more; I want to have your attention. I want people to notice I’m silent because I want to be heard. I want people to know about ME and MY problems and that I didn’t get MY way.”]
Note: Sometimes people do have real issues of concern and need help. This example is in reference to common, every-day life issues and people feeling sorry for themselves for no good reason.
– Get-‘er-done Gary – See Mad-action Martha.
Procrastination – subtle defiance
– Drag-your-feet Drew – Drew, can you please get the project finished? Drew: “I’ll get to it soon. MY plans come first. I’ll do it when I want to. I’m not lazy; I just have MY own priorities.”
– Suspicious Sam – Sam, why weren’t you at the meeting today? Sam: “I’m not sure they want my input. I saw a couple of guys talking after lunch. I think they were conspiring against my ideas. I think they don’t like me and want to see me defeated.” Note: Actual conversation he saw was about lawn mower engines and not about him at all.
– Worried Wilma – Why so bewildered, Wilma? Wilma: “I have everything figured out and planned out for my family and our future. I know it’s best the way. I’ve planned it so that I’M in control. I’m worried I’LL lose control or something unplanned will happen.”
– Timid Tom – Why are you sitting by yourself here, Tom? Tom: “I don’t think people will like ME and I’M afraid I’LL get MY feelings hurt again if I reach out to others and build relationships. I’M afraid they won’t like ME.”
Do any of these sound familiar? We all struggle with forms of pride and always need to be assessing the fruit of pride in our lives. Thankfully, God can save us from our pride and make us truly humble by His grace allowing us to be righteously pursuing our relationships and efforts in a way that is not prideful.
What comments do you have? Can you think of other disguises that pride may take in our lives?
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