Pride is going to rock the religious world.
If one thing shows off the church's failure to live abundantly in the Holy Spirit it is the unhideable truth of pride's presence. With it we glare.
This has always been a present curse in the church. I've had it....and have it. Others have had it...many, many others. Pride is an unholy, ungodly element which thrives---of all places---in the religious world. Those who have it resent the topic most.
Pride is not of God. We are to let our light be seen--public display of faith--in such a way that God is glorified; not ourselves.
Those regarded as rocks in the church are often found guilty of this blemish. They are the eager, the driven, the producers. What betrays them is their irritation with any others who appear not as committed as themselves. How many ambitious crab about the way the church is because of one thing....they are proud of their commitment and ashamed of others.
Two men were in the temple praying. One told God how glad he was that he was committed to mission work, how he loved the way he himself had turned out; not like those other idiots who were stupid in their walk. The second guy agreed with the first....and apologized to God.
Then God expressed satisfaction with only one; the humble one. The proud one? Not of God...period. Not justified.
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
That was my mistake. I was wound tight in excitement for serving God. But I was stuck in my own way of doing things and had such pride I couldn't be told.
Now I know more---not yet ideally, understand---that God will work they way He sees fit and not the way I can muster my faith muscle.
Pride in how faithful we are is on very thin ice....and by the grace of God we will fall through.