“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .” Q&A #4

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Question: What is “pride,” and why does it make us “poor in spirit”?

Answer: Although the word pride is often used to describe a sense of self-worth that is thought to be good, the problem arises when we have the kind of pride in ourselves, or loved ones, that does not acknowledge God as the source of our abilities. It is a negative quality that is similar to conceit or vanity. This type of pride tricks us into feeling we are better than others, and that we do not need God’s help. Pride can blind us to God’s presence.

Mrs. Eddy writes: “Pride is a hooded hawk which flies in darkness.” (Mis.145) And, “Pride is ignorance; those assume most who have the least wisdom or experience.” (Mis. 2)

We learn through the Bible, Mrs. Eddy’s writings, and our own human experience, that pride can rob us of good. That is how we find ourselves “poor in spirit.” And then we need God!

“Remember that human pride forfeits spiritual power.” (Mis. 268)

“Human pride is human weakness. Self-knowledge, humility, and love are divine strength.”
(Mis. 358)

Further Study: The Bible has many stories about people who struggled with pride. Today, read the story of Naaman, who had to let go of his pride in order to be healed of leprosy. He must have been an otherwise good man, since his servants were brave enough to help him overcome his pride. See 2 Kings, chapter 5, verses 1-14.

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”   Copyright 2002

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