I think that this is such a great gospel tract that I am posting a “commercial” for it….
The world defines “pride” as: “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” Yet the Word of God says a person’s pride is followed by disgrace (Prov. 11:2); pride is arrogance (Prov. 21:24); pride will bring a person low (Prov. 29:23). The Word of God says pride is something evil that comes from a person’s heart (Mark 7:21-23), and that God is opposed to prideful people (James 4:6). God sees pride the same way He sees so many other behaviors—as sinful (2 Tim. 3:1-4). God sees pride as evil because it is contrary to who He is. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, humbled Himself to take on human flesh and then humbled Himself even further when He sacrificed His life in the most humiliating way—death on a cross. What awaits prideful people? What comes after pride? Destruction (Prov. 16:18)—God’s judgment of sin, the punishment for which is eternity in hell. Your only hope is to turn from your sinful pride, turn toward God and, by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ—fully God and fully man, yet without sin, voluntarily shed his innocent blood and died on the cross, taking upon Himself the punishment you rightly deserve for your sins against God. Three days later, He forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave. Yes, God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Humble yourself. Repent and believe the gospel, today.
Pretty great huh? Hard bottom line truth. So when you continue to “confess” pride and do not a thing about killing it but instead seek to either cover it up by appearing “humble” or you seek to put on a nice guy face to make others think more highly of you than they ought (like you think more highly of yourself than you ought by doing that and proving that you are nothing BUT pride), you gotta know…you have never turned to anyone but yourself. Because you are too prideful to truly submit to the truth of the word of God. God is not fooled. And no doubt the people who are close to you in your “real” life are not either. And if pride goeth before a fall, great indeed will that eventual fall be. And even your pride shall not be able to cover it up. If you REALLY look at your slimy sinful wicked self, what in the world do you have to be prideful of? How much you spit at God, the One who created you and who is perfect, holy, righteous and just? The One who sacrificed His Son because it is the only way prideful self serving people like yourself could EVER be forgiven and granted His presence? Think about that. Think about all the sinful things you continue to indulge in, to embrace, to refuse to give up, and that is AGAINST God in their very essence. If you are prideful, there you will find every kind of wickedness imaginable. Ongoing rampant pride belies any biblical repentance at all. In fact it indicates exactly the opposite. So how often, how many years have you leaned on the crutch of pretending to yourself that you are sad about your pride when it is pride that makes all your decisions for you, every stinkin’ choice you make about anything? That is nothing short of worldliness dressed in psuedo Christian sheep skin, with a wolf hiding underneath. Repent…and throw yourself upon the mercy of God, and let Him really humble you as you seek to honor HIM through obeying HIM, instead of you and how you look to others. In truth, you look only like a fool. One who is still destined for eternal damnation. Am I talking to you? Yes. Repent and be saved.