Pride. The bane of human existence. We know that God hates it because he says it numerous times in his Word. From Jeremiah 49:16, God says:
Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.
How high is your nest? I'll end with this. Pride can also be one of the most subtle sins to those who are prideful. I'm not sure that we even recognize it in ourselves most of the time. Consider this quote from chapter 7 of Andrew Murray's "Humility":
Let all teachers of holiness, whether in the pulpit or on the platform, and all seekers after holiness, whether in the closet or the convention, take warning. There is no pride so dangerous-because there is none so subtle and insidious-as the pride of holiness. It's not that a person actually says, or even thinks, "Keep to yourself. I am holier than you." No, indeed, the thought would be regarded with abhorrence. Unconsciously, however, there grows up a hidden habit of soul that feels self-satisfied with what its attained, and which cannot help seeing itself as beingfar in advance of others.
Believer, let us beware! Unless in each advance in what we think is holiness, we make the increase of humility our study, we may find that we've been delighting in beautiful thoughts and feelings, in solemn acts of consecration and faith, while the only sure mark of the presence of God, the disappearance of self, was all the time lacking.