Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pride and Humility

I have been reading a small book (25 pages) titled From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott (from Focus Publishing). It is a book often used in the practice of Biblical counseling. My friend Kim gave it to me, and I've been incorporating it into my time of study and prayer with God each day. I've been slowly reading through a section titled "Manifestations of Pride" where the author gives a sample list of ways pride can be manifested in one's life. The list was helpful for me, so I'm going to quickly list them below so you might also consider where pride could be disguised in your life. I will simply give the list, the author goes into detail under each category with a description of how this could play out in one's life and Scripture references for each one. I highly recommend checking out the offerings at Focus Publishing for this book and others like it.

As the author states: "Pride is blinding. Here's a sample list of pride manifestations that can easily clear away the smoke of any self-righteousness."
  • Complaining against or passing judgment on God
  • A lack of gratitude in general
  • Anger
  • Seeing yourself better than others
  • Having an inflated view of your importance, gifts, and abilities
  • Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities
  • Perfectionism
  • Talking too much
  • Talking too much about yourself
  • Seeking independence or control
  • Being consumed with what others think
  • Being devastated and angered by criticism
  • Being unteachable
  • Being sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading
  • A lack of service
  • A lack of compassion
  • Being defensive or blame-shifting
  • A lack of admitting when you are wrong
  • A lack of asking forgiveness
  • A lack of biblical prayer
  • Resisting authority or being disrespectful
  • Voicing preferences or opinions when not asked
  • Minimizing you own sin and shortcomings
  • Maximizing others' sins and shortcomings
  • Being impatient or irritable with others
  • Being jealous or envious
  • Using others
  • Being deceitful by covering up sins, faults, and mistakes
  • Using attention-getting tactics
  • Not having close relationships

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