Book Discussion: “Humility” by C.J. Mahaney
Last Tuesday we discussed The Perils of Pride, and today we wrap up Chapter 2 by discussing The Dangers of Pride.
From last week’s post, we saw that pride can take on many forms. However, a prideful heart “has only one end: self-glorification…The proud person seeks to glorify himself and not God, thereby attempting in effect to deprive God of something only He is worthy to receive (32).”
The Bible has much to say about this sin, which many believe is the root of all sin:
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6b, 1 Pet. 5:5 [NIV]).”
“In his pride the wicked does not seek [God]; in all his thoughts there is no room for God (Ps. 10:4).”
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Prov. 16:18).”
The Bible provides many narratives about those who were prideful and God righteously judged them (ex. Babylon, Assyria, King Nebuchadnezzar, Ananias and Sapphira just to name a few).
The danger of pride is that it causes us to stand against God and God to stand against us. Pride breaks fellowship and sweet communion with our loving Savior.
As a result of that broken fellowship, our horizontal relationships suffer. Mahaney notes that pride “undermines unity and can ultimately divide a church (34).” Not only does pride destroy the relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ. Pride ravishes our homes, extended families, friends, and business partnerships. Pride breaks the unity and reconciliation that is available to us through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, wisdom calls us to hate pride:
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Prov 8:13).”
Humbling ourselves before the Lord is the only cure for pride. Part II of the book (Chapters 3 and 4) talks about this Great Reversal—getting from pride to humility. We will begin unpacking this transition next week.
Scripture Meditation for this week:
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Ps. 51:17).”
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2013