Pride will either be fought against or it will rage in your heart unchecked. If we let that happen, what will be the cost? What are the devastating effects of pride?
I want to simply observe a few of the effects of unchecked pride which we read about in God’s Word.
It is sobering to reflect on the following string of verses and the devastating effects of pride we hear in them.
One’s pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Prov 29:23
“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man
who acts with arrogant pride. Prov 21:24
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom. Prov 11:2
In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” Psalm 10:4
In these texts we see that pride leads to lowness, scoffing, disgrace, and unbelief. Truly, pride goes before destruction
We have to ask at this point, why it is that pride has such devastating effects? Is it really true that the pride in my heart, if left unchecked, would eventually bloom into this sort of destruction and disgrace? Even into unbelief?
The Biblical answer is an emphatic yes. When we remember that pride is the swelling excellence of the self, that it is self-idolatry, that it pushes down everything and everyone else in order to exalt itself; then we see that pride is completely antithetical to the way God would have us live our lives in His world.
Pride is sin personified, and it will give rise to a multitude of other sins. It is a declaration of war against the position of God as king over His creation.
It is, in effect, saying to God you will not receive all the glory because I will have some for myself.
The devastating effect of pride is ultimately the rejection of God as Creator and Lord, a trajectory which leads away from Him and runs headlong into an eternity of pain, loss, and torment.
This is what we are playing with when we play with pride. This is what we dabble in when we treat it lightly.
(By: Nicolas Alford)