Vain-glory, self-delight and pride

(William Plumer, "Vital Godliness: A Treatise
 on Experimental and Practical Piety
" 1864)

In practical piety, there is no greater mistake
than the persuasion that if we are pleased with
ourselves--that God is also pleased with us.

Vain-glory, self-delight and pride--
blind, bewilder, and intoxicate!

On the other hand--shame for our own vileness,
sorrow for our shortcomings, self-loathing for
undeniable turpitude of our soul--are profitable.

Men must either part with their pride and good
opinion of themselves
--or they must part with
the hope of a blessed eternity. You must either
take your place in the dust before God--or be
cast down to hell.

"What a wretched man I am!" Romans 7:24

"I abhor myself!" Job 42:6

"Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4

"Woe is me! For I am undone!" Isaiah 6:5