10 Quotes from Billy Graham on Pride

September 2, 2020

Pride flees when we compare ourselves to God instead of [to] other people.

Pride always puts [self] above others—and cuts [itself] off from them as a result. No one like an arrogant, prideful person.

Pride consist not in wanting to be rich, but in wanting to be richer than your neighbor. It is not in wanting to be noticed but in wanting to be the most noticed. It is not in wanting to have things but in wanting more things than others.

There may have been a time when pride was the very center of your life. You had ambitious thoughts of yourself, your powers, desires, and aims; but now that will begin to change…you have been born again.

Pride comes in looking at ourselves, meekness comes through looking at God.

Pride is associated with failure, not success. The Bible says: ‘For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world’ (1 John 2:16).

It’s not necessarily wrong to take pride in our work, or in something else we’ve done well; the Bible urges us to be diligent and do our best. The Bible says, ‘I know that there is nothing better for people than to … find satisfaction in all their toil—this is a gift of God’ (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13). But when we take all the credit for our success and begin to think that we’re better than everyone else—then pride turns into something poisonous.

Pride is a sin; don’t be blind to its consequences.

…pride becomes a sin when it turns into arrogance and self-centeredness.

When pride controls our lives, we end up thinking we are better than anyone else. Prideful people also have little love or compassion for others, and are only interested in themselves. Most of all, a prideful person thinks they have little need for God, believing their way is always best. This is why pride is at the root of almost every other sin, because we think we can ignore God’s ways. No wonder the Bible says, ‘The Lord detests all the proud of heart’ (Proverbs 16:5).

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