Pride not only leads to sin, it keeps us from repentance. Isaiah warned, “Wo unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope” (2 Ne. 15: 18). The wicked pull their sins along behind them in cart. Notice how Isaiah described the ropes: “cords of vanity.” People do not cut the ropes – do not repent – because of their vanity, or their pride. Some people are proud of the carts they pull. Others may not repent because without their cart, they feel they might not fit in with the rest of the world. Still others pull invisible carts and are too ashamed to admit they too pull a cart, so they don’t repent.
Those who are able to cut off their sins are promised great blessings: “Behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God…and their joy shall be full forever” (2 Ne. 9:18). The crosses of the world the righteous bear include mocking and scoffing, which is a common pastime of those who dwell in the great and spacious building. The righteous despise the shame of the crosses of the world, meaning that they do not heed the mocking and derision; they humbly go on their way, following the Savior’s footsteps, even if they lead up a lonely Calvary. The righteous know there is no shame in following the Savior. The righteous receive the promise that they will return to dwell with God and have a fullness of joy. I’ve felt a portion of this joy and long for its fullness.
Pride is manifest in many ways. For some, it is not repenting because of feelings of shame. Others don’t repent because they feel unworthy of forgiveness. Pride is also manifest through the desire for worldly things at the expense of the Eternal. It is manifest through our refusal to forgive others or to accept their forgiveness.
[More to come as I finish the essay].