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What Is Pride?Part-8

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Nov 9, 2009
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Pride

The word PRIDE looks simple but it serves different purposes in life. Simple Pride is self-love. Pride is the opposite of humility. Pride is the complete anti-God state of mind.

It means pleasure or satisfaction taken in achievement or the opposite as arrogant or disdainful conduct. In our day to day life, pride at times drains our energy but sometimes we really need it to excel.
Pride is, depending on the context, either a high sense of the worth of one's self or one's own or a pleasure taken in the contemplation of these things. Social psychologists identify it as linked to a signal of high social status.
Pride is sometimes viewed as excessive or as a vice, sometimes as proper or as a virtue. While some philosophies such as Aristotle consider pride a profound virtue, most world religions consider it a sin.

Pride is the belief that you: Characteristics

* Have everything in your life under control because of your uniqueness, power, authority, and competence; you don't need anyone or anything to help you maintain things at an even keel.

* Have a special relationship with God. He will never send you challenges, tragedies or disasters that you can't handle on your own.

* Have the answer for everything in your life and in the lives of others.

* that everyone you come in contact with should recognize your brilliance, intelligence, competence, spirituality, sense of humor, good looks, skills and abilities.

* Have excellent self-esteem, which is a mask behind which low self-esteem is hidden.

* Deserve to have everybody, the world and God, give you what you desire in life. If you don't get it, then it is everybody else's fault for not giving it to you.

* Are above all rules; you need not go by the rules of life, society, the work place, religion, marriage or family life.

* Are all-powerful, all-knowing, faultless, immortal; you need no refining, retuning or occasional checkups. With such pride, you live a life of indifference, avoidance and denial of the warning signs that what you believe yourself to be is not what you really are.

* Have the answer, the way and the truth while everyone else is dishonest, lacking in perfection and needing growth. Pride makes you impatient, distrusting and not accepting of those who do not ascribe to your philosophy, spiritual beliefs, psychological principles and sociological mandates.

* Have no more to learn. You have reached your goal and there is no chance of a relapse, setback or reactivation of the problem for which you originally went into treatment.

Associated Demon

Lucifer is a Latin word, literally meaning "light-bearer", that was used as a name for the "day star" or "Morning Star" that precedes the rising of the sun. The name is frequently given to the Devil in Christian convention. Use of this name in reference to a fallen angel stems from a particular interpretation of Isaiah 14:3-20, a passage that speaks of someone who is given the name of "Day Star" or "Morning Star" (in Latin, Lucifer) as fallen from heaven.

 

How to Avoid:


To bring immoderate pride under control, people could:

* Develop a sense of humility and modesty about their abilities, skills and strengths.

 

* Develop a more realistic picture of their place in the cosmos, universe, world, society, workplace and home.

* Do an honest self-appraisal of their successes, achievements and accomplishments, recognizing the part that God and others have played in their lives.

* Accept that life is a continuous journey on a path with a variety of twists and turns.

* Accept own humanity, which involves making mistakes, weakness of resolve, weakness of the flesh, fallibility, lack of strength, emotion, anger, disappointment, confusion, dismay and other "normal'' responses to the unknowns in life.

* Remember from where they have come and recognize that their past is their best navigational map as they chart their course.

* Become less selfish, self-centered and egotistical; instead, become more humble, giving and "other'' oriented.

* Shed their mask, which covers low self-esteem, a lack of self-confidence and a sense of insecurity.

* Become open to the variety of options and paths available for personal growth and wellness.

God hates pride & arrogance. Try to avoid them at all cost! The best way to deal with pride is to spend time with God daily seeking Him and studying His Word. Learn to strengthen your faith in His Love for you! Develop a strong faith that He does truly love you and accepts you unconditionally, and never lose sight of this fact!

 

 
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