DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
Almost every human regardless of nationality or race has some level of pride in them. However, Nigerians are on a different level of pride, we have so much pride that we define being humble as being broke...that everyone, rich or poor always wants to establish their existence...doubt me? then some of these should sound familiar
Am I your mate?
I don't blame you, it is because we are in this place together
Small girl/boy like you
and my favourite
Do you know who I am?
Yea, you're probably smiling now.....but that's not the point of this post.
I remember the day when a friend of mine said I was being proud about a certain situation, I felt so offended by that statement because 'if she knew me very well, she would know that I was not proud at all'.
Pride will destroy you. Pride is what makes you think you are fine when you need to be saved.
As dangerous as pride is, it’s almost impossible to spot. As humans, we are blind to any negative attribute that we may possess and those of us who have the disease of pride have a difficult time identifying it. Pride affects our thinking, we sometimes paint it as being strong-willed, or stubborn or being easily irritable. Instead of offering a simple apology we let it linger until the situation is beyond our control.
Here are 5 sure ways to know when pride is creeping up on you:
DefensivenessYou become a very good defense lawyer. You never knew you had it in you until you were faced with a situation and the first thing you could do instead of listening or admitting to wrongdoing was to defend yourself. "For the humble Christian, the more the world is against him, the more silent and still he will be, unless it is in his prayer closet, and there he will not be still.” (Shout out to Jonathan Edwards)
SuperficialityYou become more concerned about what people think about you than what is right. Naturally, we are quick to 'correct' all wrongs in the eyes of outsiders instead of looking inward and correcting what no one sees.
A Harsh SpiritNo one is ever good enough. Even as a Christian, you are quick to belittle the struggles of others or magnify the outward sins of your neighbour because after all you don't steal, fornicate and you haven't committed murder.
Desperation for AttentionPride LOVESSS attention. It may sound like shameless boasting or being unable to say “no” to anyone because we need to be needed or constantly wanting to 'make it' so we can show off. Sometimes it is righteous boasting, we want to have everything so we can show the 'unbelievers' that God did it.
- 'Too Good for you' mentality
This is the one sign that we all know. When you start thinking you are better than the person next to you because of whatever it is you take pride in. Preferring some people over others because they are 'better' by your definition. We consciously or unconsciously pass over the weak, the inconvenient, and the unattractive, because they don’t seem to offer us much.
I know there are so many traits of pride. However, these are some of the subtle ways pride creeps up on the most 'humble' of us which often times stops us from doing what is right and allowing God to exalt us.
Personally, I make a conscious effort to stop 'pride' before it takes a hold of any situation. It's hard sometimes but I always remember scriptures such as James 4:10 which says Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up
Let's all make a conscious effort to eradicate Pride from our lives. Stop Pride before it destroys you.
Are there other subtle traits of pride that you know of? What do you do when you realise you are being proud? Use the comment box below, let's discuss