It seems almost on a continual basis I see the effects of pride and arrogance around me, and sadly even in my own life at times. Why is pride such a major issue in our Christian world? I found this quote by Charles Spurgeon to be helpful: When men have ridden the high horse (Charles Spurgeon) "I hate pride and arrogance!" Proverbs 8:13 "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18 The wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic prelude of a downfall. When men have ridden the high horse, destruction has always overtaken them. See Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty builder of Babylon, creeping on the ground, devouring grass like oxen, until his nails had grown like bird's claws, and his hair like eagle's feathers. Pride made the boaster a beast; as once before it made an angel a devil. God hates proud looks, and never fails to bring them down! All the arrows of God are aimed at proud hearts! O Christian, is your heart haughty? Are you glorying in your graces or your abilities? Are you proud of yourself, that you have had holy frames and sweet experiences? Mark it, there is a destruction coming to you also! Your 'flaunting poppies of self-conceit' will be pulled up by the roots! Your 'mushroom graces' will wither in the burning heat! Your self-sufficiency shall become as straw for the ash-heap! If you forget to live at the foot of the cross in deepest lowliness of spirit, God will chasten you with His rod. A destruction will come to you, O exalted believer--the destruction of your joys and of your comforts, though there can be no destruction of your soul. "The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished." Proverbs 16:5 Comments?