I once was asked what the worst sin was by an old missionary. As I thought about it he answered the question for me. He told me “If you lie, you can be forgiven. If you commit adultery, there is forgiveness. If you murder, you can still be forgiven. But if you are prideful, you cannot even admit that you sinned. Pride is the only sin that can keep you from God.” I knew that, but when he told it to me in that way it really hit home. This isn’t to say that I think salvation is revocable (that’s a topic for another day), but it is true that you cannot first come to God to receive His salvation unless you are humble enough to admit that you have sinned.
That is why pride is the most deadly sin. It is the original sin, the one that caused the highest of angels to become the most twisted of adversaries.
We could spend a lot of time studying the different aspects of this, but I am just going to list some of the important verses that would be good to consider.
Pride is the opposite of the fear of the LORD:
[Pro 8:13 NKJV] 13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.
Pride brings shame, but humility brings wisdom (and thereby honor):
[Pro 11:2 NKJV] 2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble [is] wisdom.
Pride brings strife into your life:
[Pro 13:10 NKJV] 10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised [is] wisdom.
Pride comes before destruction:
[Pro 16:18 NKJV] 18 Pride [goes] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride will bring you low, humility brings (and keeps) honor:
[Pro 29:23 NKJV] 23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
[1Pe 5:6 NKJV] 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
Be humble, and you will be lifted up. Be prideful, and you will be humbled:
[Mat 23:12 NKJV] 12 “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
[Psa 147:6 NKJV] 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
[Jas 4:10 NKJV] 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
God saves the humble:
[2Sa 22:28 NKJV] 28 You will save the humble people; But Your eyes [are] on the haughty, [that] You may bring [them] down.
[Psa 149:4 NKJV] 4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
The first step to forgiveness and healing is humility:
[2Ch 7:14 NKJV] 14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
God does not forget the cry of the humble:
[Psa 9:12 NKJV] 12 When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.
[Psa 10:17 NKJV] 17 LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
God guides and teaches the humble:
[Psa 25:9 NKJV] 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.
God gives grace to the humble:
[Pro 3:34 NKJV] 34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
Humility brings joy:
[Isa 29:19 NKJV] 19 The humble also shall increase [their] joy in the LORD, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.
Humility brings revival:
[Isa 57:15 NKJV] 15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name [is] Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy [place], With him [who] has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Christ, the ultimate example of humility to emulate:
[Phl 2:1-18 NKJV] 1 Therefore if [there is] any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind. 3 [Let] nothing [be done] through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to [the point of] death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for [His] good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out [as a drink offering] on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
How wonderful then it is to humble yourself before the Lord, and others.