Idea List: Fighting Pride


Fighting Pride

Whether or not we like to admit it, we are all prideful in some way. Everyone needs a little improvement here and there. President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) said, “pride is the universal sin.” He also said “the antidote for pride is humility” (Ensign, May 1989, 6). Here are some specific ideas President Benson gave to help us fight pride and become more humble (see Ensign, May 1989, 4–7).

Love God. Enmity or opposition toward God is the number-one characteristic of pride. If we love God we will seek to do His will and obey His commandments (see John 14:15). Trust God and His revelations and not the wisdom of the world.

Love your brothers and sisters. That means everyone, and especially your family. Remember not to compare yourself to others and to be sincerely happy for others’ successes. Avoid faultfinding, gossiping, jealousy, or withholding gratitude or praise that might lift someone else.

Give selfless service. Selfishness is a common characteristic of pride. Give of yourself—your time, your talents, and all you have—to fight self-pity and self-gratification. A mission is one way all young men should plan on serving. Temple work for the dead is another way we can all serve.

Forgive. Holding grudges, being easily offended, or encouraging contention are all forms of pride. We become more humble when we forgive those who might have offended us and when we avoid arguing and contention.

Confess, forsake, and repent of sins. When we admit we are wrong and seek to do God’s will through repentance, we come closer to Him.

Be open to counsel. None of us is perfect, so be accepting of counsel and correction instead of rationalizing your mistakes. Be teachable and accepting of gospel truths.