“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Prov. 16:5
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Mt. 23:12
Are you an abomination to God? It’s not a light subject matter, is it? But certainly one worth being addressed. Whether your heart’s desire is to live for Christ, and you need to know, or to be reminded, that God despises pride. Or whether you’re living with your back turned to God, your pride is keeping you from humbling yourself and repenting and placing your trust in Christ as Lord, and you need to begin the lifelong journey of being conformed by God’s Spirit through His Word to Christ who is the greatest example that ever was, ever is, and ever will be of humility.
Jesus Christ, who had every justification in the world to pridefully exalt Himself because He is equal to God and is God in the flesh, instead when He came to earth in human flesh lowered Himself with perfect humility and sacrificed His life on earth to serve and ultimately sacrificed His life to be the atonement for the world’s sins so all who repent and believe in Him as Lord, giving their lives to Him, are forgiven by God and promised a relationship with God through Christ now and forever in heaven.
If we are an abomination to God in our pride, can you imagine how it must delight Him when we willingly lower ourselves, humbling ourselves before Him, choosing to live our lives loving and serving Him and loving and serving others in His name rather than gloatingly, arrogantly, exalting ourselves, magnifying ourselves, boastingly feeling, thinking, and acting in a prideful manner throughout our lives?
God tells us in His Word over and again to humble ourselves. I believe it is in His love, His mercy, and His grace, and in His desire for us to be in fellowship with Him forever through Christ that He warns us against pride, leads us to repentance, and teaches us to bow down before Him in repentance, in love and adoration, in reverence and respect, in praise and worship, in total devotion, with humbled hearts. Nobody else may see our pride. We may disguise it. But God sees our feelings, thoughts, and actions. He knows our hearts. We must ever purify ourselves for Him, including of the pride He abhors. Oh, humbly let us love & adore Him!