As I grow in my relationship with Christ and receive new revelations, I am continually in awe at the level of ignorance I was previously at and am currently coming out of. I knew this week’s revelation had to do with the issue of pride after watching Tanisha Flowers’s video on humility and the same night my church zoom meeting’s devotional was about pride.
Previously, I believed a prideful person to be a someone who is overly proud or arrogant. I had no clue that there are subtle ways of pride that can be expressed without the knowledge of actually being prideful. You see, I am the type of person that won’t ask for help and when help is offered I often turn it down. I know that this is partially due to an incident where I was previously offered help by someone and as time passed they decided to constantly throw the help they provided to me in my face. Of course this caused me to throw a wall up and come to the decision to try my hardest to do things on my own so no one else could ever treat me in that way.
God is breaking that barrier for me this week. I recently learned that it is actually prideful to have that kind of mindset and that we are supposed to allow others to give to us. I’ve learned that what I experienced is something I need to start to work on healing so that I am able to allow God to reach me through others as well as give them the ability to receive their blessings by blessing me.
After learning there are so many covert ways to be prideful, I realized that I need to warn my people. So, today I’m going to share 21 other ways you may be living a prideful life and not realize it. Hopefully, you will be able to recognize where you need to focus on healing so that you aren’t under the snare of pride as well.
- You look down on others who are less educated, less refined, or less successful than you are.
- You think of yourself as being more spiritual than your spouse or others in your church.
- You are quick to find fault in others and just as quick to verbalize those faults.
- You are driven by the approval, praise, or acceptance of others.
- You are easily offended
- You judge those who don’t make the same lifestyle choices you do. (How you parent your kids, dress standards, etc.)
- You have a hard time admitting when you are wrong.
- You are a perfectionist and get impatient with people who aren’t.
- You talk about yourself excessively.
- You resent being asked to serve others.
- You worry about what others think of you.
- You neglect to express gratitude
- Your feelings are hurt if your accomplishments or acts of service aren’t rewarded or recognized.
- You become defensive when you are criticized or corrected.
- You have a hard time sharing your needs or struggles.
- You have a hard time praying aloud with others.
- You tend to be controlling of family and friends
- You are a complainer. You complain about your circumstances, the weather, your church, your health, etc.
- You have a hard time being told what to do.
- You are uncomfortable inviting people to your home because you don’t think it’s nice enough.
- You avoid being around certain people because you feel inferior to them.
Now you have an idea of how easy it is to be prideful and not even realize it. We can’t work on defeating the spirit of pride unless we are aware. Deliverance comes when we are mindful of our own transgressions. I pray for all those who are struggling with prideful attributes because I’m right there with you. In my next post I’ll be giving you ways to practice humility so that you are able to rid yourself of pride through Jesus Christ. If you know any other ways pride can be revealed feel free to list them below in the reply section.
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honorProverbs 29:23