Keeps us from Greatness – “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all” (Mark 10:42). Biblical greatness is the complete opposite of what our culture promotes. Jesus, who humbled himself enough to become a man, was the greatest man on earth. When we are prideful, we deny ourselves greatness because we are refusing to follow in Christ’s footsteps.

Keeps us from Taking Advice – When we’re prideful we don’t accept advice from others, even if they’re pastors or godly friends. We refuse to listen because we think we are above counsel. We forget the verse that says there is wisdom in seeking and heeding counsel (Proverbs 15:22).

How to Keep Pride from Winning

Pride never goes on vacation, so we have to wake up each day determined to beat it! The steps to winning the battle with pride are simple, but in order for them to work, you have to apply them daily.

1. Choose to Remember Who You Are. “What a wretched man I am. Who will save me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). When we have a correct opinion of ourselves, it is difficult for pride to sneak in.

2. Realize What Christ Did for You. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:4-9).

When we view things in light of the cross, our perspective changes immediately. C.J. Mahaney shares this in his book, Humility: “Consider your own life…where would you be today if He hadn’t ransomed you, if He hadn’t liberated you? I’ll tell you where. You would be self-sufficient, seeking to cultivate self-confidence for the purpose of self-glorification.”  

3. Choose to Thank God for What He Did. It is difficult for pride to grow in a thankful heart. So offer up prayers of thanksgiving to God for all He has done for you. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6-7, ESV).

4. Choose to Hide His Word in Your Heart. John Owen said, “Fill your affections with the cross of Christ that there may be no room for sin.”  Dwell on who Christ is by memorizing passages of Scripture. Meditate on these verses when you feel pride creeping in, and allow God’s truth to work in your heart.

A Final Thought

Remember, the meek—the humble—will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). And I believe they will also inherit blessed relationships—relationships with less strife, stress, and arguing and a lot more mercy, kindness, and joy. So let’s surrender our lives to Christ daily and choose to be victorious over pride through Him who strengthens us!

“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my words” (Isaiah 66:2).

Felicia Alvarez lives in Southern California and loves avocados, sunshine, and serving her Savior. Currently, she teaches dance to over one hundred students and is working on her second book. Connect with Felicia on her blog or Facebook—she would love to hear from you.

Publication date: March 12, 2013