Edwards says, “For the humble Christian, the more the world is against him, the more silent and still he will be, unless it is in his prayer closet, and there he will not be still.” Humility approaches God with humble assurance in Christ Jesus.
If either the “humble” or the “assurance” are missing in that equation, our hearts very well might be infected with pride.
Maybe it sounds like shameless boasting about ourselves.
Maybe it’s being unable to say “no” to anyone because we need to be needed.
It may even be lurking in the prayers we throw upward for our friends that are — subtly or not — tainted with exasperated irritation.