Pride is a very subtle character flaw. It grows in us and we don’t notice it at all. I see it in people all the time, and I am sure they have no clue. Pride completely disqualifies us from God using us to do His work with His blessing.
On the engine in the 1969 Mustang that my grandson and I are rebuilding are some gauges, an oil pressure gauge, a temperature gauge, and a voltmeter. As we were running the engine after we rebuilt it we paid particular attention to the oil pressure gauge and the temperature gauge, because if we made a mistake in our rebuild, it would show up there.
We have some gauges in our life that indicate that pride is becoming a problem in our life, and we would do well to pay attention to those gauges.
1. How do we respond when someone corrects us, criticizes us, or tries to tell us how to do something that we feel we already know.
When God sees pride growing in our life He will prompt someone to become extra critical and judgmental of our life and performance in some area. If we respond with defensiveness, irritation, arguing, or returning the criticism back on the person who corrected us, know for sure that our pride gauge is in the red area.
The Apostle Paul had many critical, judgmental people in his life, and his response was, “I am well content with insults and criticism because when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2. A person with a pride problem will get their feelings hurt easily. This is often a big problem in marriages, and in families. It is tough being married to a person who you feel like you are walking on eggshells when with them.
3. Prideful people struggle with getting irritated and angry at others because the other person did or said something they didn’t like. Anger is a major blinking red light on the dashboard of our life.
4. Those who have had pride grow in them like a cancer are often argumentative, because they usually think their opinion, idea, or methods are right.
5. In a conflict between two people, if reconciation is going to happen one of the two will need to initiate that reconciliation. Prideful people rarely are the peacemaker in conflicts with others. And along with that they rarely admit that they were wrong.
The longer pride remains in our life the harder it is to conquer it, and become a humble person that God loves. Self-reflection using these five warning lights is a good thing to do if you want to be used by God.,
Here is a great Bible verse to memorize and meditate on.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God.