Pride is not only thinking we are better than others; pride is also thinking we are worse than others or just being self-conscious. It doesn’t matter if self is always exalting itself or if it’s debasing itself. It’s all self-centeredness, which is pride. SELF is the mother of pride.
Many people think of pride only as arrogance. But that’s only one manifestation of pride. Timidity and shyness are extreme manifestations of pride. Pride, at its core, is simply self-centeredness or selfishness. Timid and shy people are extremely self-centered people.
Like it or not, understand it or not, pride is the source of all of our anger. The only reason we are so easily offended is because we love ourselves so much. As we deal with our own self-love, anger toward others will be defused. As we die to ourselves, we will be able to love others the way that Jesus did.
If any man would come after me let Him deny self, take up his cross and follow me (Luke 9:23)
Melissa Bassick, VBD Contributor