Pride lifts us up through self-esteem. I know, there are books and more books that are geared to help us gain self-esteem. Paul wrote about it in Philippians 2:3. It says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
I view Romans 12:9-21 as a Christian magna carta. It is a great template for living in holy conduct. Verse 10 says, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”
We see a clear picture of what pride did in satan’s case. Remember the serpent in the garden? Isaiah 14:12-15 says, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.”
You can read this account for yourself Ezekiel 28:12-15. Verse 15 says,”You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.”
Every trap that the enemy of our soul sets, will be through a lure of pride. What is disobedience? God says to do something, but in our pride we think that we can ignore His words. Our trial is long and we may complain, because in our pride we think we know what we need. See how insidious pride is?