C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, called pride “the great sin.” “According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leacs to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind…it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.” The desire to lift up and exalt ourselves lies at the heart of pride. Self- important people exalt themselves over others. As pride increases arrogant and abusive behaviors ensue and people suffer.
Jesus invites us to overcome the tendency for self-importance by a focus on giving importance to others. He tells to give with no string attached of getting back in kind, honour or appreciation. Humility is the virture pleasing before the Lord. For just as pride is the root of all sins, “humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation and bond of all virtue,” John Chrysostom once remarked. God the Father exalts the humble as he did with Jesus (Phil 2). If pride is an exalted sense of who we are in relation to God and others, humility is having a realistic sense of who we are before God and others.
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