43. Pride is the Core of the Problem

It’s not at all uncommon for Christians to be oblivious to the issue of pride in their life. We just don’t appreciate the influence this cancer has over us! Pride is at the very core of the problem of sin because our demanding ego causes us to pursue worldliness, where it’s easy to experience instant and tangible satisfaction for our misdirected needs.

Being the offspring of self-will rooted in self-interest, a prideful ego constantly seeks to enhance itself in an attempt to satisfy the desires of the heart. It’s easy to see how all the sins described in the Bible find their root here.

But sin is deceptive, because its gratification is always short term. In our struggle against sin, it’s very helpful to understand why we continue to do what we do, even though we ultimately do not find it rewarding. Pride is the culprit, and the flesh is its instrument.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

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