9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:9–10, NKJV)
Pride is subtle and sinister; a sin that is only overcome in Christ by godly sorrow and complete repentance. Pride lifts up a person in his own opinion of himself. Humility, on the other hand, lowers its estimation of itself before both God and men. Pride leads people to laugh at sin instead of mourning its pain, sorrow and spiritual death. We must mourn our transgressions instead of taking pleasure in sin. Then, our heart is in the right position for the Lord to lift us up. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).