The Utmost Evil

Pride.

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Prov 8:13

 

“It was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.

pride always means enmity—it is enmity. And not only enmity between man and man, but enmity to God.

In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that—and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison—you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”  C.S. Lewis

Humility, is seeing yourself the way God sees you – nothing more, nothing less – and in Christ, He sees you as all that Christ is.

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8 thoughts on “The Utmost Evil”

  1. It all flows from pride, doesn’t it? Every single other sin begins right there, doesn’t it? And for some, it will end there also, as pride makes them reject His offer or grace, all because they don’t want to admit they are sinners in need of His grace.

    1. Very well said!
      For the one that rejects love… it all begins and ends with pride. It’s only a prideful heart that will ever reject that which is freely given to it.

      I also believe for those who recognize this – the evil of pride – there’s the ability to see other areas of pride that pop up in our lives as well.
      Ex: we worry & stress over issues because we believe we are more capable than God.

      1. lol… yeah, had to throw that in… we’re all guilty of that from time to time… the more we know and deliberately work at it, the less hold these things have over us…

      2. I like what you said about deliberately. Makes me think of Daniel and the Kings meat. Daniels success was not an accident if you recall Daniel had purposed in his heart to do what he was supposed to do

      3. Exactly!…
        what I’ve come to realize is that it takes deliberate & decisive action on our part (a purposing of the heart)… one cannot accidentally swim upstream, he must purpose in his heart to do so. Excellent lesson from Daniel you’ve brought up. Thank you.

      4. It’s such a great lesson that absolutely must be imparted to others…
        also serves as an encouraging reminder…

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