How to tell if you’re proud and what to do about it

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis said, “If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.”

The Pride test

Pastor Mark Driscoll gives a ten-question test for pride in his sermon on the parable of the wedding feast (Luke 14:7-11)

  1. Do you long for a lot of attention?
  2. Do you become jealous or critical of people who succeed?
  3. Do you always have to win?
  4. Do you have a pattern of lying?
  5. Do you have a hard time acknowledging you were wrong?
  6. Do you have a lot of conflicts with other people?
  7. Do you cut in line at the store, airport, on the freeway, etc.?
  8. Do you get upset when people do not honour your achievements?
  9. Do you tend more toward an attitude of entitlement or thankfulness?
  10. Do you honestly feel you are basically a good person and superior to others?

Quotable quote: “Jesus says you either start with humility and then God raises you up, or you start with pride and God knocks you down.”

Grow in humility

Having determined whether you’re proud or not, he gives you the solution to pride.

Quotable quote: “The answer to pride is not humility. Humility is a byproduct of really focusing attention on Jesus.”

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2 thoughts on “How to tell if you’re proud and what to do about it

  1. Very, very good. That is quite helpful, clears things up a bit. By the way, you’re the top Google link for “how to tell if you’re proud”.

    1. Thanks, Darrel for reading and commenting!
      To be honest, being the top Google result scares me a little 🙂

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