In his classic novel, The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis composes advice coming from Screwtape, a high-ranking demon, to his nephew Wormwood, on how to trip up a young Christian. Chapter 14 is devoted to trying to inflate the subject’s pride.

Screwtape writes, “Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to this fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is especially true of humility. Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit, and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection. ‘By jove! I’m being humble,’ and almost immediately pride, pride at his own humility, will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt, and so on, through as many stages as you please.”

The Bible says it more clearly. “Pride comes before fall.”

I have learned that ego is unattractive to men, really unattractive to women, and downright repulsive to God. Do you think you’re humble? If you said “yes,” you probably aren’t.

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