Dr. Stuart Scott, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southern Seminary has compiled a list of thirty manifestations of pride. Check it out here.
If you’re anything like the sheep writing this post, your face probably sunk deeper and deeper with each point. Once, a counselor used this list during marriage counseling, asking the counselees to circle whatever bubbled up throughout their week. When they came back, the husband was humbled, acknowledging that he had circled 28 of the 30. The counselor responded, “What didn’t you understand about the other two?”
Pride shows up in our lives in so many different ways. It’s destructive, it’s putrid, and we should be in the business of killing it each day, with the Holy Spirit’s help. But it’s easier said than done. Where do you start?
The starting point is summed up in the first verse of a beautiful hymn:
When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.
Oh, we who are prideful, let us run to the cross and behold it. For when we catch a glimpse of what the Lord has done to save us, when we look at His ultimate humility, when we consider His holiness and glorious reign, we can but pour contempt on our pride. That’s where it starts. Meditate each day on the gospel, and you will have nothing about which to be prideful.