Pride is often the first sin mentioned in the list of 7 Deadly Sins. It’s also understood to be the first sin ever committed – the sin of Satan himself.
We see in Ezekiel 28:14–15 a description of Satan. God had blessed his with talent and anointing – but iniquity (sin) was found in him.
You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in thee.
This sin, we see in Isaiah 14:12–15:
How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
We see from the quote above that Satan’s sin was Pride. He thought he deserved to be greater than God! He wanted to be exalted above the stars of God! Truly his opinion of himself was so high that he wanted to be “like the most High” in every way, including being worshipped like God.
The Consequences of Pride:
Proverbs 16:18: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 11:2: When pride comes, then comes shame, with humility comes wisdom
Satan’s pride caused such great destruction! His haughty spirit comes before a fall – a fall right down from heaven to hell! How shameful indeed.
We see the absolute opposite in Jesus.
Jesus – God made Man – came to save us from sin and from the effects of sin. Jesus was Humility incarnate. As God to even become man, Jesus had to be fully humble.
We see Jesus’ mindset being explained in Phillipians 2:5-8
the … mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
The Consequences of Humility: (in the very next verse, Phil 2:9)
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name
Pride causes a fall – whereas God exalts the Humble!!
If we look around at the world today, everywhere we see man looking only at himself, his achievements as if gotten by himself solely, unaware of God’s hand in his life and thus unthankful to God, wanting to live his life as he chooses being the sole – basically man not Glorifying God.
Pride being the first sin, is also the sin from which all other sins stem. Anger, hate, jealousy, and ingratitude all stem from pride.
When something we wanted to happen does not happen, if someone treats us in a way we ought not to be treated (or doesn’t give us something we feel we ought to have gotten), if our name / reputation is spoiled we feel offended, our pride is wounded and our emotions are stirred to cause us to act sinfully in hate, anger, envy, jealously.
But if we stop and reflect WHY we think we deserve to be treated in a good way or WHY we think our name should only be praised – we will realise it all stems from PRIDE.
Jesus wasn’t treated the way He ought to have been treated (with honor and worship and veneration). Instead the opposite – he was put to death in the most humiliating way, by public crucifixion. In the most painful, publically heinous way to die. His reputation was utterly destroyed. Even the closest to him denied him multiple times.
Let us look at our supreme example of JESUS everytime someone doesn’t treat us well
Let us look at our supreme example of JESUS everytime someone doesn’t praise us or thank us when we feel we should be thanked
Let us look at our supreme example of JESUS everytime someone speaks against us and spoils our name & reputation
Let us look at our supreme example of JESUS everytime we suffer unjustly
Let us know that if we walk like how Jesus walked – in HUMILITY, trusting in His Father to get Him through the ordeal in His Time, in His Way, then we too, like Jesus will eventually be Exalted.
HOW TO PRACTICALLY DEAL WITH SITUATIONS
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Peter 5:5-10
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Both the above verses are so similar and both teach us how to be humble rather than proud.
God assures us in both verses, when we submit to God (by humbling our will to His), He will lift us (Exalt us) up in His Time.
If you are going through something in life where your pride is being attacked – someone is speaking against you or being ungrateful or being hurtful and hateful – SUBMIT IT TO GOD.
RESIST THE DEVIL – resist the tempting ways to react to the issue – by being angry back, being hateful back, trying to defend yourself, speaking ill about those persons etc.
WASH YOUR HANDS / PURIFY YOUR HEARTS – instead look at the situation for any area where you might be in the wrong. Ask pardon & forgiveness from the Lord. In every situation there will be at least a LITTLE part wherein we have gone wrong (often it is more than a little if we are honest with ourselves).
WAIT ON GOD -Let us trust in God’s timing no matter how difficult things seem at the moment. The Word assures us that at the right time, God “will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Part 2 on Humilty > Pride coming up