“I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13
It is a dreadful fact, whether we like to allow it or not — that PRIDE is one of the common sins which beset human nature. We are all born Pharisees. We all naturally think far better of ourselves than we ought. We all naturally imagine that we deserve something better than we have.
Pride is an old sin. It began in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve thought they had not got everything that their merits deserved.
Pride is a subtle sin. It rules and reigns in many a heart without being detected, and can even wear the garb of humility.
Pride is a most soul-ruining sin. It prevents repentance, keeps men back from Christ, checks brotherly love, and nips spiritual desires in the bud.
Let us watch against pride, and be on our guard.
Of all garments, none is so graceful, none wears so well, and none is so rare — as true humility. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud — but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
— J C Ryle
“The true throne of pride, is the heart of man. If we desire, by God’s grace, to put down pride — the only way is to begin with the heart. Let us seek that He would purify our hearts from pride — and then assuredly, our life also shall be humble. Make the tree good — and then the fruit shall be good; make the fountain pure — and the stream shall be sweet.”
— Charles Spurgeon