So, You Feel Self-Reliant?

February 02, 2014

“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him [the Lord] will destroy; no one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will [the Lord] endure.” – Psalm 101:5

Oh boy, this is probably going to step on some toes! Do you want to live like the devil? For some of us, that’s easy. For all of us, we come by it naturally. But there are two character traits that make us most like Satan.

  1. Pride: C. S. Lewis said, “The utmost evil is pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness…are mere flea bites in comparison. It was through pride that the Devil became the devil. It is the complete anti-God state of mind.” Pride is thinking more highly of ourselves than we should–feeling we are better than others. It is arrogant conceit. Pride, most of all, is feeling no need for God, considering yourself self-reliant. The person filled with this kind of pride is most like the devil himself.
  2. Malicious gossip or slander: the Greek word for this is “diabolos,” also translated “the Devil.” People who gossip and slander others are like the devil. In short, he’s just a big liar.

Pride, malicious gossip, and lying are character traits that make us most like the devil. When made in the image of God, we look pretty good, but when we resemble the devil, we surely are ugly. Who do you look like?