Pride Is and Leads to Sin

“But when Uzziah became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense [something only the priests were allowed to do, cf. II Chron. 26:18]” (II Chron. 26:16). Pride is not only heinous in and of itself. It is so vile because of its effects – because of that to which it leads. When we think too highly of ourselves, or when we look down on others with contempt (Rom. 12:3; Luke 18:9), then we are more prone to do something foolish or cruel. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Prov. 16:28; cf. Prov. 11:2; 18:12).

SDG, Ezra

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