Posted by Allen Cantrell
Pride is an ugly and deceptive sin. It manifests itself in many ways. It is subtle and often wears an “acceptable” and even “honorable” mask. Here are two examples – one hideous and one heroic.
Two Forms of Pride: Boasting and Self-Pity
“Boasting is the response of pride to success. Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering. Boasting says ‘I deserve admiration because I have accomplished so much.’ Self-pity says, “I deserve admiration because I have suffered so much.” Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak. Boasting sounds self-sufficient. Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing. The reason self-pity does not look like pride is that it appears to be needy. But the need arises from a wounded ego, and the desire is not really for others to see them as helpless, but as heroes. The need that self-pity feels does not come from a sense of unworthiness but from a sense of unrecognized worthiness. It is the response of unapplauded pride.”
May we each humble our heart and repent of the stench of pride within.
For the Glory of God alone.