PART 7 – JULY 27, 2013



“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18


“The Lord detests all the proud of heart.”  Proverbs 16:5


“God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble.”  James 4:6


“Ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling concentration on the self which is the mark hell.” C.S. Lewis


“Pride is endless ego calculation. It turns everything into a means to an end – getting more respect and approval for oneself. Thus you don’t get into relationship, jobs, etc. unless it makes you feel good about yourself. Am I getting the thanks I deserve? How am I looking?” Timothy Keller

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.” We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. If everyone else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud; the pleasure of being above the rest.” C.S. Lewis

“You must conceal the real nature of humility – let him not think of it not as self-forgetfulness, but as a low opinion of his own talents and character. “The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. Our enemy, you see, wants to turn the man’s attention away from self altogether toward him and the man’s neighbor. Remember, both vain glory and self-contempt equally keep the mind on the self. Both can be therefore, the starting point for some wonderful contempt of other selves, other people, cynicism and cruelty.” 

C.S. Lewis: Screwtape Letters


Do not imagine if you met a truly humble person you would ever come away from him thinking he was humble.  He will not be somebody who would be always telling you he’s nobody because that is actually a self-obsessed person.  All you will remember from coming away from a truly humble person is how much he is totally interested in you because the essence of gospel humility is not thinking more of yourself but thinking of yourself less. 

C.S. Lewis


“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18


When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2


Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12


One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23


pride is the root of all sin. 

“According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” 

C.S. Lewis


“Pride is the hellish spiritual petri dish that grows all other kinds of evil in your life.”

Timothy Keller 


Pride is invisible.

“Pride is carbon mono-oxide. It is odorless. Pride hides itself.” 

Timothy Keller 

There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, ‘How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?’ The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with every one else’s pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise. 

Lewis, Mere Christianity Ch. 8.


I wish I had got a bit further with humility myself: if I had, I could probably tell you more about the relief, the comfort, of taking the fancy-dress off—getting rid of the false self, with all its ‘Look at me’ and ‘Aren’t I a good boy?’ and all its posing and posturing. To get even near it, even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert. 

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity