I used to have this erroneous impression that, “Pride and humility were attitudes”. We have all been told at one point or the other that, if you want to be less “prideful, adopt a humble attitude”.
In my estimation, pride and arrogance are no longer attitudinal. I now believe more than ever, that, pride and arrogance are habits. One of the ways to identify believers with pride is their inability to show gratitude. “If you want to be a great leader in the church or corporate world, never lose your gratitude”. Your gratitude as a Christian will rub off on all the people around you. The habit of pride has made it difficult for many believers, especially Christian leaders to show gratitude to their subordinates in the church or office. Christians should be the most amazed, most grateful and most thankful. Everything you owe has come to you through grace. Christians with the habit of pride usually stop learning from people they think are “below them”. In their ego, the estimation is that, people who haven’t achieved as much as them, or don’t have as much status as them cannot teach them.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of YOURSELF more highly than you ought: but rather, think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you”. (Romans 12:3 NIV)
In this dispensation, many Christians are so rebellious with pride, yet they don’t even know. One is rebellious when he or she shows a desire to resist authority, correction, control or convention. “I will do it my own way, and that is the only way”. If you ever come across such people as friends or colleagues in the office, members of your church or as a boss, just know that you are dealing with someone who has the spirit of rebellion, which is an element of pride and arrogance. People with such habits of pride or attitude think the people in authority ahead of him or her do not deserve to be there. So they take authority into their hands and do whatever they want.
“A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own power; including even his power to revolt. It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower”. C. S Lewis
Prideful people are so insecure. Insecurity is simply lack of confidence. They are so anxious and very uncertain. That’s how pride works. Can we just be confident in our area of competence? Can we just be humble? Can we all just realise that, it is by grace we are who we are?
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.