““Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.” – BCP
Suberbia is the Latin word for Pride. This is one of the more noticeable sins in our culture. Not just in everyone else, but in ourselves too. There have been countless times that people have looked back on their actions and said, “How could I have done that?” Unfortunately, it is a very common sin. In the moment it can be very easy to not see our own pride until it is too late. Usually, someone is hurt, and then we are filled with guilt.
What makes pride so deadly is that it destroys of generosity, openness, and humility. Some people can be very proud in the hard work that they have done and they miss that God is the one who has given them their earnings. They could not have gained anything on their own. Pride can lead us to hide other sins, making it poisonous to our hearts and the hearts of others. It can ruin humility. When we entertain pride, we think to ourselves, “I can do all things through me,” which contrasts with Philippians 4:13.
Pride can also ruin the Church by making Christians think that they are wiser and better than they really are (Romans 12:3). This makes people unwilling to take not only criticism, but also biblical discipline. When that happens, it becomes apparent that pride in the self has replaced loyalty to God, who is the one who gave us the Church to begin with.
We should think as Christ and be humble servants of others. We should not even begin to practice being someone of higher social, economic, academic, or even sanctified status. These things will bring danger to our souls. Let us practice the way of Christ, which is generosity with our material things, openness in relationships, and humility in our hearts.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. – Philippians 2:5-8
What have you done or thought that has made you proud of yourself? Have you ever let that pride define you? Is it possible that your Pride is blocking you from fully experiencing what is best for you? Are you willing to go the way of Christ and sacrifice Pride?