Jesus said that arrogance is an evil. Strong words from Jesus. Though only mentioned once by Jesus, arrogance is included in a laundry list of “evils” that Jesus said make a man ‘unclean’.
The Inside Determines the Outside
In Mark 7:20-23, Jesus said, “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean’. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality…arrogance…. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.”
This scripture reminds me of 1 Samuel 16:7, where God said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Who we really are on the ‘inside’ always comes out eventually and shows itself on the ‘outside’. Of course, some people can fake it for short periods of time or under certain circumstances; however, no one can fake it with God. It is the heart that holds our true intentions, and God alone can see that all the time.
Arrogance is Evil
Arrogance is a display of superiority, self-importance or pride. In today’s world, no one would say that they liked arrogance, but few people would describe it as ‘evil’. However, Jesus did, and Jesus said arrogance makes a person ‘unclean’. In the referenced scripture, arrogance is listed with several sins that we would never hesitate to call evil (e.g., theft, murder, adultery). There are no levels of sin. In Luke 13:2-5 Jesus taught that we should not think of some sins as little sins and other sins as big sins. It is all sin. It is all evil that makes a person unclean and in need of the blood of the Lamb, Jesus, to be cleansed and made whole.
Call to Action
Do you know an arrogant person? Commit to praying for them every day this week. Do not pray with a judgmental attitude and negativity about how they behave. Rather, ask God to bless them this week, and to heal the insecure places inside them that drive the outward show of arrogance. Ask God to open your heart to see how He sees that person, on the ‘inside’, so that the Father’s love for them can be yours, too. Or, if this post convicts you regarding the sin of arrogance, please read the earlier post, Jesus Said Be Humble, and, in repentance, seek God’s forgiveness and power to change you.