Lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6)

If you believe pride and arrogance are just small character flaws or unique idiosyncrasies of your personality, you may wish to rethink that.

I’m not referring to pride in a job well done. I’m talking about an inflated opinion of importance or superiority. It is the unrestrained, undisciplined mindset that resists or outright rejects human and divine authority.

Such an unattractive characteristic pushes people away while inviting only trouble. For example, being smug with a police officer during a traffic violation usually generates a stiffer penalty. Being arrogant with your boyfriend’s parents probably leads to a breakup. A snobbish attitude on a sports team typically alienates the other players. Such a puffed up, stuck up, egotistical outlook just doesn’t work well with others.

God hates it too.

God hates all sin; but according to Proverbs 6:16-17, in a listing of sins called out as hated and offensive to God, pride tops the list. I think it ranks high because, at its core, pride opposes God’s sovereign supremacy and control. Pride questions and rebels against God’s authority.

Pride is the reason the devil exists. In what some may call allegorical, Isaiah 14:12-21 describes the fall of Lucifer, also known as Satan or the devil.

Lucifer, whose name means “day star” or “the shining one,” was a radiant creature in Heaven. He enjoyed an exalted position of authority and prestige.

Then pride set in.

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