The only way we can avoid thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to is because we are thinking about ourselves with transformed minds.
Assessment means to evaluate. You can assess yourself and you can be assessed by others. It is so easy for us (because we are sometimes built with a negative mindset) to take assault on to our person about our pride. It’s easy for me to let you tell me “you’re too prideful” or “you’re too conceited or arrogant”. It’s a lot harder when we think too lowly of ourselves.
Three Affects of Pride:
A Fracturing of Our Minds. Pride leads us to a fracturing of our minds. We see people who get grandiose thoughts of themselves. (Daniel 4:28-33)
It Facilitates the End of Destinies. (1King 12) By one act of pride, one person changed the destiny of a nation.
It Causes Us to Fall Into Temptation. Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” It is one thing to think that I am great —it’s another to say “Greater is He that is within me.” You have to know you. (1 Corinthian 10:12)
2 Corinthians 12: 10 (ESV) “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Comparing ourselves among ourselves is ignorant. You can’t worry about how you are keeping up with other people. All you have to do is think about what God thinks about you. If you are in Christ—there is nothing low about you. It’s one thing to say when compared to God—I am nothing; however, it’s another thing to say to God—I am nothing. (Psalm 139:13-18)
“I am a sinner or saved by grace—I can’t be both simultaneously.” – Min. Tony Fields