There is a sin which so easily entangles us, which distorts our perceptions more than any other, and which cuts us off from grace and from one another. That sin is pride. Pride is the anti-God state of mind. It is the view of oneself as the center, the standard, the purpose of the universe — the hub of reality around which all else must turn. In pride, we look down on God and our fellow creatures — fitting all things into our own scheme. Pride blinds us to our faults and compromises, makes us deaf to criticism however justified, and pushes away love however freely offered. It makes us seek not God’s will but our own glory.
A few thoughts on sin and how it drains us. Sin is draining in at least two main ways. First, it eats away at our conscience. With each wrong choice, our conscience becomes a bit more hardened and troubled. We begin to doubt our own moral compass and lose peace of mind. Sin influences us to grow callous towards good and numb towards evil. It separates us from our truest self.