Manifestations of Pride Pt. 2

Here are the next six in Stuart Scott’s list of the different ways we can manifest pride in our lives. Check out Part 1.

7. Perfectionism.

People who strive for everything to be perfect often do so for recognition. They may do it so they can feel good about themselves. Whatever the reason, this behavior is very self-serving and proud. The basic problem is making things that are less important, more important (Matt 23:24-28)

8. Talking too much.

Proud people who talk too much often do it because they think that what they have to say is more important than what anyone else has to say. When there are many words, sin is generally unavoidable (Prov 10:19)

9. Talking too much about yourself.

Proud people may center on themselves in conversation. Sharing personal accomplishments and good personal qualities with others can be bragging or boasting (Prov 27:2; Gal 6:3)

10. Seeking independence or control

Some proud people find it extremely difficult to work under someone else or submit to an authority. They have to be their own boss. They might say, “I don’t need anyone,” or “I don’t need accountability for my faith and doctrine.” They are often rigid, stubborn, headstrong, and intimidating, they may also say, “It’s my way or no way” (1 Cor 1:10-13; Eph 5:21)

11. Being consumed with what others think.

Some proud people are too concerned about the opinion of others. Many of their decisions are based on what others might think. Some are in a continual pursuit of gaining the approval and esteem of others. Focusing on what others think of you or trying to impress others is being a man-pleaser rather than a God-pleaser (Gal 1:10).

12. Being devastated or angered by criticism.

Proud people usually struggle a great deal with criticism. Such people cannot bear that they are not perfect or have weaknesses because they cannot accept who they really are (Proverbs 13:1).

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