This post is part of a 7-week blog series through the 7 Deadly Sins (Pride, Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed). The 7 Deadly Sins are traditionally acknowledged as root vices that provoke an array of sinful behavior. At no point does the Bible outline this particular list of seven sins, and yet Christians throughout history have found this framework to be helpful. In the end, the purpose of this blog series is to guide and grow our practice of private confession.

Heavenly Father, you are highly exalted, and your glory is over all the earth. What is man that you are mindful of him? You have made particles of dust to breathe and bear your image, and the glory of that miracle belongs to you alone. Even so, I am guilty of pride. I confess to you my boundless vanity. Unless you intervene, disgrace and destruction will be my lot (Proverbs 11:2, 16:18). In my pride, I am deaf to the Spirit’s whisper. I cannot hear words of conviction; I cannot hear words of forgiveness. I have claimed authority over God to grant authority over God to those who are not God. Their words have undue power over me, and the words of God are muted. This vanity feeds my fear of man. I compete with my brothers and sisters. I compare. I condemn them in order to exalt myself. I medicate my own guilt even as I heap guilt upon others. I am unteachable. Thank you for Jesus, who teaches me despite myself that the true path to greatness is servanthood (Matthew 20:26). Give me the mind of Christ. Give me grace to empty myself of pretense, to face the death of my selfish ambition and conceit, to regard others as more significant than myself. In short, give me the mind of Christ. Let that be my exaltation and my only boast (Philippians 2:3-11). Amen.