I was listening to a sermon from this church the other day, and the speaker talked about pride in a way that I had never heard before. I just wanted to share some excerpts from his message:
Did you know that the believer is never given the permission to be proud of anything, only thankful?
You can never have pride in who you are without eventually looking down on someone else. In someway of another, you begin to magnify the differences between you and them.
Did you know that you're never supposed to teach your children to be proud of who they are? You're supposed to teach them to be thankful.
Pride looks in here. Thankfulness looks up there.
Pride says I have it. Thankfulness says God gave it.
Pride says we did it. Thankfulness says look what the Lord has done for us.
...Remember that we are all here by the grace of God.