12 Signs of Pride in Your Life

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This article was written by state missionary Rob Jackson.

As many of you read this Ministry Moment, Ken Allen, Dorsey McDonald and I are overseas teaching and encouraging pastors in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. In all cultures, Christian leaders are tempted by pride. Pride is destructive in the church, the family and the life of the leader.

In his excellent book, Humility, Andrew Murray states that “pride is the beginning of every sin.” The puritan Thomas Watson said of pride, “It is a spiritual drunkenness; it flies up like wine into the brain and intoxicates it. It is idolatry; a proud man is a self-worshiper.” The Bible states, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Pray that God will place the mirror of His truth in front of you as you read these twelve signs of pride in a person’s life. 

1. Arrogance

Believing you are superior or better than others in various aspects.

2. Self-Centeredness

Focusing excessively on your achievements, desires and needs. According to my mother, this person is a “globe head.” 

3. Boasting

Frequently talking about your accomplishments, possessions or even family with the intention of seeking validation or admiration. You talk much more than you listen!

4. Unwillingness to Apologize

Refusing to admit mistakes or ask for forgiveness when wrong has been done.

5. Judgmental Attitude

You quickly find fault with others’ preaching, leading, personal lives, etc. At the same time, you criticize and condemn others without showing empathy or understanding their circumstances.

6. Reluctance to Serve

You don’t want to serve others. Instead, you always expect others to help you and your family. It is “serve us” instead of “service.” You are especially offended if asked to do things “beneath your status as a church leader.”

7. Envy

You are resentful or jealous of others’ successes, possessions, abilities… and maybe the size of their churches.

8. Refusing Advice

You reject counsel or guidance from others because of a belief that your ideas are always superior. In other words, you do not have a teachable spirit.

9. Seeking Recognition

You seek attention, praise or recognition for your actions and deeds.

10. Defensiveness

When confronted with constructive criticism or feedback, you become defensive.

11. Ingratitude

You take God’s blessings for granted and fail to acknowledge or express gratitude to those who support and bless you. You often have a victim mentality.

12. Spiritual Pride

You feel spiritually superior to others. You sometimes consider yourself more righteous or holy than others.  
It’s important to remember that you are not immune to experiencing moments of pride. However, awareness of these signs helps reflect on your attitudes and behaviors, leading to repentance. Next week we will examine some remedies for pride in our lives.