1 PETER 5:5-6
Look out for the following when you go out with people or work with them.
1 Perfectionist- type of person who always wants to be the best at everything, and want people to be like him.
2 Devastated anytime he is criticised.
3 Always waiting to be praised to serve.
4 Very defensive- Can never be at fault.
5 Very paranoid- Always suspicious of people and being consumed by what others might say about him or her.
6 Always resisting authority, and very critical of those ahead of him.
7 Always feel they are entitled to high places
8 Not willing to be taught by anybody, especially those under him or her
9 Always want recognition in public, and reluctant to share the spotlight with others
10 Pride blind- unable to see they are proud.
These are, but a few traits of people who carry the spirit of pride. Having worked for, and with many people throughout the years, one thing I have noticed is that, pride usually envelopes itself in smoke, unless one is in the mirror of God’s word to see the magnitude of your pride. “It’s hard to put on humility if you don’t think you have pride”. Such attitude (Pride) always creates a critical spirit, if unattended to, starts to create a jaded outlook in life, and sees everything as negative rather than positive. I have realised that, people with critical spirits are usually quick to judge others for their flaws while neglecting the fact that they have their own flaws. With such attitude, their lives start to become permeated by COMPETITION instead of COMPLIMENT; Self-righteousness instead of compassion; boasting instead of glorifying God. They hype their success and competence and find faults with everything others have done. Jesus addressed such people in a very wise way, “why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrites, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” Matthew 7:3-5.
Christians must learn to be humble to overcome pride. True humility is not thinking less about ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less. Pride is elusive. It will always remain no matter how hard we try to kill it, unless we constantly clothe ourselves with the attitude of Christ, pick up our cross daily and follow him.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.