The deadly and divisive sin of pride, it gets in the way of having the best relationship you can with others and with God.
Definition: Pride is inordinate self-centredness, self-absorption, and self-esteem. Its the self filled with self and its most often borne out of insecurity. Unlike some of the other deadly sins, pride stands alone. While greed, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy and anger can bring people together, pride doesnt. By definition it divides, separates, it is enmity.
Dr. N. Plantinga, Calvin Seminary
The wicked snub GOD, their noses stuck high in the air. Their graffiti are scrawled on the walls: "Catch us if you can!" "God is dead."
Psalm 10:4, MSG
First pride, then the crash-- the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
Proverbs 16:18, MSG
He [Jesus] told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.' "Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'" Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself."
The Gospel of Luke 18:9-14, MSG
Yet man did not fall away to the extent of losing all his being; but when he had turned toward himself his being was less real that when he adhered to him who exists in supreme degree.
St. Augustine, City of God
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