Pride does not come before the fall.
It is not my intent to dispute the truth of Proverbs 16:18: “Pride comes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before a fall!”
I simply want to make the case that pride is THE Fall.
Pride assumes that everything we have achieved is the result of our own efforts. Pride forgets that all we have and all we achieve is a gift from God.
Pride forgets God!
Pride denies God!
Pride rejects God!
C. S. Lewis wrote:
As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. (1)
Not only does a proud person reject God, he demeans the value of others.
A proud person does not see others as equals, he sees them as lessers.
A proud person believes he is better, more significant, and of more value than others.
A proud person loves to lord it over others that he has more stuff, more titles, and more shekels.
The only thing a proud person does not have more of than others is friends!
The proud man might sing, “What a friend I have in Jesus” but he will never see Jesus because he assumes Jesus is below him.
Lift up your eyes and see your Savior whose throne is in the heavens!
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Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 90). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.