Pride is a desire to be more important or attractive than others, and not giving due credit.
Vainglory was added to the meaning of pride in late 6th century.
Ways to destroy PrideEdit
There are three ways to destroy Pride:
- Be grateful to anyone and everyone. Treat even the things people are expected to do as great gifts. Be grateful for your food, your change at Burger King, rain, life itself. Thank everyone.
- Beg forgiveness of God for the sin of Pride. Go before Him in prayer every day or every few hours and implore His mercy. The more this offends you, the more Pride you have.
- Ask God for a spirit of Humility and Gratitude. Read Philippians 2:3-11 and imitate it. Understand that without God's Grace, we will never cast away our illusions. Ask God to break your pride and vanity using whatever it takes: illness, loss of friends, loss of family, public humiliation. This is unbelievably difficult to request, and every fiber of our being fights it. We protest it is not fair, or "God doesn't work that way." My friend, what good is health, friends, family, a good reputation, if you have no real love for God, but only a hollow illusion? In the end, all but true love for God is lost, so count all else but God as loss now.
Types of PrideEdit
- National Pride
- Sexist pride
- Racial Pride
- Religious Pride, see also Sectarianism
- Caste/Professional Pride
- Team Pride (Sports)