If once (like Hezekiah) we call in spectators to see our treasure and applaud us for our gifts and blessings — then it is high time for God to send some messengers to carry these away from us, which carry our hearts from Him. Pride of gifts hinders the receiving of good from others. Pride fills the soul, and a full soul will take nothing from God, much less from man.

Joseph’s coat made him finer than his brethren — but caused all his trouble; thus great gifts lift a saint up a little higher in the eyes of men — but it occasions many temptations which you meet not with that are kept low. What with envy from their brethren, malice from Satan, and pride in their own hearts — I dare say none find so hard a work to bear up against those waves and winds.

While you are priding in your gifts — you are dwindling and withering in your grace. Such are like corn that runs up much into straw, whose ear commonly is light and thin. Grace is too much neglected, where gifts are too highly prized; we are commanded to be clothed with humility. Pride kills the spirit of praise: when you should bless God — you are really applauding yourself. Pride destroys Christian love, and stabs our fellowship with the saints to the heart. A proud man has not room enough to walk in company because the gifts of others he thinks, stand in his way. Pride so distempers the palate that it can relish nothing that is drawn from another’s vessel. Pride loves to climb up, not as Zaccheus, to see Christ — but so that others may see himself!

“God resists the proud” (James 4:6). The humble man may have Satan at his right hand to oppose him; but be sure the proud man shall find God Himself there to resist him. We must either lay self aside — or God will lay us aside. A proud sinner and a humble Savior will never agree! Christ is humble and lowly, and so resists the proud — but gives grace to the humble.

– WILLIAM GURNALL (1617-1679)

From “The Christian in Complete Armour”

3 thoughts on “PRIDE OF GIFTS

  1. This is an excellent post.

    May I add a thought please?

    A distinction needs to be made about showing off in self,…vs showing off God’s charity toward us.

    For example, charismatics and pentecostals are notorious for sinfully being prideful in gifts as this article correctly describes.

    As the person is sinning when taking selfies of their gift of helping others.
    “Look at me helping at the homeless shelter”

    However the gift of free righteousness is to be openly rejoiced in, as scripture teaches us this:

    Isaiah 61.10
    “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
    Romans 3.22
    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”
    Romans 5.19
    “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
    Colossians 2.13
    “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”
    Hebrews 10.14
    “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”


    Thank you for giving me a moment of your valuable time.

    All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!

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  2. Thanks for your comment! You added much more than the post did in edifying us. Where is our boasting? We will boast in the Lord! 1 Corinthians 1:31 and Jeremiah 9L24

    Amen and Amen! \o/

    Have a wonderfully blessed day, Lee, amen! \o/

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