“Pride and arrogance and the way of

evil and perverted speech I hate.”   (Proverbs 8:13b)   “Everyone

who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord.  Be assured, he

will not go unpunished.”   (Proverbs 16:5)  These verses really gripped

me.  God hates it when we are proud.  Why does God hate  pride ?  God hates it because it

comes from inside of the heart.  A proud man thinks of himself as higher

than someone else.  Are you too busy to hold the door for someone? 

Is your circle of friends too classy to go and help feed the homeless?  Is

your car too clean to give someone a ride somewhere?  Do you avoid people

that you don’t want to associate with?  Believers in Christ are called to

be servants (Mark 9:35 ) and if our lifestyle

prevents us from serving in any capacity then repentance must be made with

God.  You may have to give up some things in order to really fight the

temptation of pride. Jonathan Edwards identified 7 sneaky symptoms of the

infection of pride. They are Fault Finding, A Harsh Spirit, Superficiality,

Defensiveness, and Presumptions before God, Desperation for Attention, and

Neglecting Others.  Do we suffer from these symptoms? I would think at

some time we may suffer from one or two of these, but if they are present in

our lives every day, then perhaps we suffer from too much Pride. 

Proverbs 16:18  reminds us that “Pride

goeth before Destruction”. We are called to be servants; in this role we

can be assured that we will never suffer destruction.

Application:   Find the essay online by

Jonathan Edwards titled “Undetected Pride” and test ourselves for excessive