Manifestations of Pride by Stuart Scott (from "The Exemplary Husband")
Here is a sample list of pride manifestations that can easily clear away the smoke of any self-righteousness.
Complaining against or passing judgment on God . . . A Lack of Gratitude in general. Proud people usually think they deserve what is good . . . Anger. A proud person is often an angry person . . . Seeing Yourself as better than others. A proud person is usually on top looking down on others . . . Having an inflated view of your importance, gifts and abilities. . . . Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities . . . Perfectionism. People who strive for everything to be perfect often do so for recognition . . . Talking too much . . . Talking too much about yourself . . . Seeking Independence or Control . . . Being consumed with what others think. Some proud people are too concerned about the opinion of others . . . Being devastated or angered by criticism. Proud people usually struggle a great deal with criticism . . . Being unteachable. Many proud people know it all . . . Being sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading. Proud people can be very unkind people . . . A lack of service. Proud people may not serve because they are not thinking of others, or because they want to be coaxed to serve and don't want to continue if there is no praise . . . A lack of compassion. A person who is proud is rarely concerned for others and their concerns . . . Being defensive or blame-shifting. You would often hear a proud person say, "Are you saying its my fault?" or "Well, what about you?" . . . A lack of admitting when you are wrong. A proud person would make a great many excuses such as, "I was tired," or "I was having a bad day" . . . A lack of asking forgiveness. Proud people rarely admit their sins or ask for forgiveness of other . . . A lack of biblical prayer. Most proud people pray very little, if at all . . . Resisting Authority or being disrespectful. A proud person may detest being told what to do . . . Voicing preferences and opinions when not asked. A proud person might not be able to keep his preferences or opinions to himself . . . Minimizing your own sin and shortcomings. A proud person typically believes that their own sin is no big deal . . . Maximizing other's sin and shortcomings. To the proud person, other people are the problem . . . Being impatient or irritable with others . . . Being jealous or envious . . . Using others. The proud person usually views others in terms of what those people can do for them and their interests . . . Being deceitful by covering up sins, faults and mistakes . . . Using attention-getting tactics. A proud person may try to draw attention to themselves . . . Not having close relationships. Proud people often have no use for close relationships, thinking that the trouble outweighs the benefits.
Pastor Timothy J. Atkins
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