One of the most paradoxical and troubling experiences I have had in my Christian life is the existence of spiritual pride.
Pride as a human behavior is common, and is a very basic aspect of sinful human nature. But spiritual pride is much harder to understand, and even harder to deal with.
It’s easy to categorically say that any spiritual revelation that leads to pride is not true spiritual revelation. The real life experience, however, tells you that it’s far more complicated than that.
Often, you see terrible and hurtful pride in some men and women who have such profound spiritual knowledge. The spiritual knowledge demonstrated by such individuals are so profound and admirable, yet the person is so evidently and hurtfully prideful, condescending, and self-important, it challenges a normal definition of “pride”.