“This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.” – Zephaniah 2:15
Pride surely goeth before a fall. When we start to put too much trust in ourselves, we can rest assured that God will allow us to see how little trust we should have in ourselves, by letting us make a mess of ourselves. When we interject ourselves, of ourselves, God will remove Himself and no good will come of it.
No matter how big are small, God is equally disgusted by all sin, because all sin has its roots in pride. Every disobedience to God can be traced back to a thought planted in the mind that you know better, can do better, or can bring something about quicker then God, or at best at least be on par with Him. This is the ugly unveiled true face of pride and is the root of all sin.
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” – Proverbs 8:13
Set your heart to be humble before the Lord, never trusting in your own righteousness (or idea of what is right). Seek the Lord on all things and walk in His righteousness (what He says is right). When you find that pride or self trust has risen up in you (and it will at times), humble yourself and repent, for the greatest work of pride against your eternal soul is when it hardens you against repentance and the correction of the Lord. Pride will cause all men to sin, but pride will cause the proud man to hold on to his sin unto judgement, while the humbled man will be broken at his error and repent.
“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” – Proverbs 16:17-19
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6