Overcoming Pride

"When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." Thus wrote the wise man centuries ago, and his words are as true to-day as when he first uttered them. Although throughout the ages right-minded men have condemned pride, and although its wrong as well as its foolishness has been proved times without number, it still frequently seems to flourish with great abandon. Men still appear blind to its evil nature, and still go on fashioning within its deceptive allurements the pitfalls which will later inevitably cast them into direful distress and difficulties. Again hear Solomon: "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

Now so subtle is this crafty sin of pride that men may go on for long years suffering from its betrayal before they awaken to its falsities and begin to reach out for the spiritual understanding of humility which alone can deliver them from pride's snares and their fatal consequences. Even though Christian Science in its revelation of true humility exposes every least claim of this evil, and teaches how to overcome it with the might of true meekness,—in spite of the fact that every serpent of pride's creating is thus brought out from under cover,—it demands utmost honesty on the student's part if he is to cease speedily from cherishing the false tendencies which pride presents in the name of human good.

While pride often parades with its arrogant flowering of self-esteem, vanity, self-conceit, egotism, haughtiness, self-will, self-justification, self-love, even the students of Christian Science are sometimes found excusing these blossomings rather than attacking them with the humility and courage which are needed to dig out their root, so that no least shoot shall be left to spring forth and send out its poison.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

October 6, 1928

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.