Pride Sermon Illustrations

Pride Sermon Illustrations

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Set Aside

A recent account tells of an Australian who discovered a pearl perfect in shape, in color, and almost an inch in diameter, but which, though practically invaluable, could not be sold, for it was too large to be used as a ring setting, and few other pearls could be found to match so that it might be part of a necklace.

Thus it is with the proud and haughty Christian: he may have more than ordinary ability; be well versed in God's Word and possess fine personality; but pride, selfishness, vitriolic condemnations of others, unmannerliness and boasting, will render his otherwise invaluable services valueless, and he is set aside, while God uses a more humble, obedient servant, though perhaps one with less ability, to perform his work.—R. G. D.


Goethe's Needless Distress

One afternoon Goethe and Beethoven walked out together in the Carlsbad Valley to talk at ease. Everywhere, as they walked, passers-by saluted them, pointed them out, and bowed with ostentatious deference. "Isn't it maddening?" exclaimed Goethe. "I simply can't escape this homage." "Don't be too much distressed by it," said Beethoven; "it is just possible that some of it may be for me."Christian Faith and Life.


Clemenceau's Own Epitaph

The world is always reissuing Ecclesiastes in italics. M. Clemenceau, one of the half dozen giants of World War 1, passing the grave he had had dug for himself, said to his secretary: "Take a look at it. There, in a nutshell, is all you can say about me—a hole in the ground and a great deal of noise about nothing." The most exalted sinner dies without God and without hope.—The Dawn.


The life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ are a standing rebuke to every form of pride to which men are liable.

Pride of birth and rank—'Is not this the carpenter's son?' Matt. 13. 55
Pride of wealth—`The Son of man hath not where to lay His head.' Luke 9. 58
Pride of respectability—Van any good thing come out of Nazareth?' John 1. 46
Pride of personal appearance—'He hath no form nor comeliness.' Isa. 53. 2
Pride of reputation—`A friend of publicans and sinners.' Luke 7. 34
Pride of learning—'How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?' John 7. 15
Pride of superiority—`I am among you as he that serveth.' Luke 22. 27
Pride of success—'He is despised and rejected of men.' Isa. 53. 3
Pride of ability—`I can of mine own self do nothing.' John 5. 30
Pride of self-will—`I seek not mine own will but the will of Him that sent me.' John 5. 30
Pride of intellect—'As my Father hath taught me, I speak.' John 8. 28.

Pride has been classified into a few categories: Pride of face, pride of race, pride of place, pride of pace, pride of grace.


The little boy was greatly elated when informed by his mother that the liveliness of her hair as she combed it was caused by electricity.

"Oh, my!" he exclaimed. "Ain't we a wonderful family! Mama has electricity on her head, and grandma has gas on her stomach."


Pride often has no better basis in fact than the self-congratulation of little Raymond in the following story:

Raymond came home from a session of the Sunday School fairly swollen with importance. He explained the cause to his mother.

"The superintendent said something awful nice about me this morning in his prayer."

"And what did he say, dear?" the mother inquired, concealing her astonishment.

The boy quoted glibly and sincerely.

"He said, 'O Lord, we thank thee for our food and Raymond.'"

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