The Problem of Pride
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The Problem of Pride

Humanity’s purpose is to glorify God—but our pride often gets in the way. We want to claim glory for ourselves, and we trust our own power and resources to get it. This temptation is not new, Alistair Begg explains. Indeed, it can be traced back to Eve’s desire to eat the fruit in Eden. So how are we to withstand pride’s snare? Alistair encourages us to remember Jesus, who set aside His position, His power, and Himself to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed1 thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

18Pride goes before destruction,

and a haughty spirit before a fall.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.