Pride is 'first of all the sins'

"Just as meekness is in all our virtues, so pride is in all our sins," wrote Elder Neal A. Maxwell in Meek and Lowly. "Whatever its momentary and alluring guise, pride is the enemy, `the first of the sins. . . .

"Not only must Latter-day Saints be concerned about pride in all its usual manifestations, but we need also to be particularly on guard against that pride which arises out of our sought-for spiritual status or our achievements, such as they are, having come thus far. Thus it is always important for us to remember Paul's counsel: Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.' (1 Cor. 10:12.)"Pride should be a real concern for those already converted since, unless one is meek,by and by he is offended' because of the word. (Matt. 13:21.) The concern over what has been called spiritual pride was a concern of Jesus, who addressed a parable `unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.' (Luke 18:9.)

"The pervasiveness of pride and the degree to which it is persistent in our lives must ever put us on guard, reminding us, as did Paul, not to be highminded,' for westand by faith.' (Rom. 11:20.) Faith dissolves very quickly when meekness disappears and pride takes over. Thus, if pride is `the first of the sins,' then meekness is a premiere virtue."

Elder Maxwell further wrote: "One reason to be particularly on guard against pride is that `the devilish strategy of pride is that it attacks us, not in our weakest points, but in our strongest. It is preeminently the sin of the noble mind.' Not only of the noble mind, but also of the semi-righteous."

Articles on this page may be used in conjunction with the Sunday School course of study on the New Testament, lesson No. 32.

Information compiled by Gerry Avant

Sources: Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness; Neal A. Maxwell, Meek and Lowly; and Leaun G. Otten and C. Max Caldwell, Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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