Humility and Pride: Two Responses to the Cross

crossHumility acknowledges the sufferings of Jesus and accepts that He suffered for us. Pride glosses over His sufferings and refuses to think about them.

Humility acknowledges that only the cross erases sin. Pride says, “There are many ways to holiness. I’m not so bad, no worse than anyone else.”

Humility confesses sin. Pride says, “I’m as good as the next person.”

Humility embraces the cross. Pride turns its head in embarrassment.

Humility throws its arms around Jesus and thanks Him for salvation. Pride ignores Him.

Humility kisses His feet. Pride slaps His face.

Humility weeps. Pride smirks.

Humility is undone by the sadness of the crucifixion. Pride says, “What’s all the fuss?”

Humility walks to the foot of His cross. Pride walks on by.

Humility calls Him friend. Pride pretends not to know Him.

Humility comes to the cross alone. Pride runs off with the crowd.

Humility admits to being a sinner. Pride says, “Nobody’s going to point the finger at me and call me a sinner.”

Humility admits to needing Him. Pride calls Him a crutch.

Humility breaths, “Thank you Jesus.” Pride is silent.

The cross causes us to remember where we came from and to consider where we’d be without Jesus.

book coverRose McCormick Brandon is the author of four books, including One Good Word Makes all the Difference and Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children. To purchase books, visit her website at: and read her blogs Promises of Home and Listening to my Hair Grow.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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6 Responses to Humility and Pride: Two Responses to the Cross

  1. Rose, I appreciate what you have to say here. Very insightful. Congratulations on your book! Blessings.

  2. Thank God for His grace God bless

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