The Profile of a Proud Person

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5). Pride is an ugly and consuming sin that God hates (Prov. 6:16-17; 16:5). Pride comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23) and leads to contention (Prov. 13:10; 28:25) and callousness (Dan. 5:20). The outcomes of this sin are the conditions of disgrace (Prov. 11:2), debasement (Prov. 29:23), and finally destruction (Prov. 16:18; 18:12). Yet pride is not always obvious to us. It can be subtle and become so deep-rooted that it goes unnoticed. Below is a small and selective list that provides a profile of a proud person:


  1. A proud person seeks satisfaction in personal pleasure, possessions, or prominence, and not in Christ.

  2. A proud person loves to talk about themselves a lot

  3. A proud person is often easily offended

  4. A proud person is often impatient with others

  5. A proud person often thinks they are right

  6. A proud person tends to be anti-authority and independent

  7. A proud person finds it hard to forgive or say sorry

  8. A proud person does not like being corrected

  9. A proud person complains a lot

  10. A proud person likes being noticed

  11. A proud person is quick to find faults in others

  12. A proud person does not spend lots of time in prayer


As we search our hearts, we could make this list go on and on. Take some time to use this list or one like this to examine our hearts before the Lord. Ask the Lord to search our hearts (Psalm 139:23-24) and expose to us our pride, so that we may confess and forsake these sins (Prov. 28:13; 1 John 1:9) and glorify our Lord. There is a satisfying joy to be had in exalting Christ (John 3:29-30).

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