Boasting and Self-Pity

Posted on September 13, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

I was recently rereading the John Piper book, “The Dangerous Duty of Delight” when I came across this paragraph and it hit me, POW! Let me share it with you.

“The name and depth of human pride are illuminated by comparing boasting to self-pity. Both are manifestations of pride. Boasting is the response of pride to success. Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering. Boasting says, ‘I deserve admiration because I have achieved so much.’ Self-pity says, ‘I deserve admiration because I have suffered so much.’ Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak. Boasting sounds self-sufficient. Self-pity sounds self-sacrificing.”

As you give serious consideration to your own heart and life, do you see yourself tipping the scales in either direction or both? I know I have sinned on both ends of this continuum. This is serious food for thought today.


Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

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