“Pride”. Is it good, or is it bad. Yeah, I know, pride is not the most glamorous topic to discuss and it certainly isn’t the most popular. And yet it is a necessary subject that we all as followers of the Lord Jesus must confront and come to grips with.
A few weeks ago as I was pondering a verse of the scripture that’s found in the book of James 1:21 which reads… Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Receive with meekness the engrafted word. Meekness is defined as gentleness and humility, gentleness of spirit, mildness of disposition – aka – strength under control.
I’m reminded of what the bible says about Moses in Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) I am also reminded of what our Lord Jesus admonished us to do in Mathew 11:29 when he said these words… Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
Is pride good or bad?
I believe pride is a sin that causes pain and unnecessary pain in the lives of the believer and unbeliever alike. You can find proof of that statement just by visiting your local jail house or prison system. And you will find that It’s full of individuals, the just and the unjust, that had to have their last say. Men and women alike…
I believe pride causes us to be blinded to the truth, and we often make excuses for being prideful. When we do this we are taking on a secular view or a worldly view of pride. We can’t serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
- Here’s the secular definition of Pride:
It’s a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
“the team was bursting with pride after recording a sensational victory”
“take pride in a good job well done”
Should we be proud of certain things in life? How do we determine what to be proud of? What does the bible have to say about pride?
Before we explore the answers to these questions let’s look at the biblical definition of pride.
Pride: zâdôn – zaw-done’’ H2087 Total KJV occurrences: 11
From H2102; arrogance: – to be insolent: rude and disrespectful – be proud, deal proudly, presume
zûd – zood, zeed Total KJV occurrences: 10
pre·sump·tu·ous prəˈzəm(p)(t)SH(o͞o)əs/ – See Psalms 19:13 To be presumptuous…
(this is another character flaw that we have to be careful of. Being presumptuous falls right in there with pride or being proud).
(It’s an unbalanced trait of a person or their behavior) failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
“I hope I won’t be considered presumptuous if I offer some advice”
“that was quite a presumptuous remark”
Now let’s explore a little of what the bible has to say about pride.
The bible declares pride to be sin.
Proverbs 21:4 a high look and a proud heart, and the plowing (labor) of the wicked is sin.
And he or she… that has a high look and a proud heart God says that he will not suffer or put up with. Psalms 101:5
God Hates Pride: Please be patient beloved because right here I want to give you a few bible verses to take a look at.
Proverbs 16:5 Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord:
Proverbs 6:16-17 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17: A proud look, and a lying tongue…. Are the first things that are mentioned to be an abomination to God.
Proverbs 8:13 …pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate.
Pride causes destruction in the lives of the believer as well as the unbeliever.
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty(lifted up), and before honor is humility.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction and a haughty or arrogant spirit before a fall.
The word of God has a lot to say about pride, and not very much of it is good when it comes to the life of the believer. Here are a few things that pride can produce, or that can be the devastating result of pride in anyone’s life, believer or non believer.
Pride shows itself in the form of self- righteousness. Luke 18:11 a good example about the Pharisee and the Publican. Pride can cause us to believe that we have religious privilege, (unsanctified religious privilege), pride can and does cause one to be puffed up or causes us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. 1st Corinthians 8:1. Pride defiles the man. Mark 7:20-23. Pride hinders us from seeking God. Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Pride is a characteristic of the devil, 1st Timothy 3:6 Pride is a characteristic of the world, 1st John 2:16, Pride is also a characteristic of false teachers, 1st Timothy 6:3,4 and the wicked Habakkuk 2:4-5, Romans 1:30. Pride comes from the heart.Therefore we must keep our hearts with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
Pride ultimately leads men and women alike into contempt and as a result, to the rejection of God’s word and his ministers. (Side note: Be careful of how you put your mouth on God’s minister or ministers.)
Pride results in a persecuting spirit. Psalm 10:2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: But fret not my dear saints because God declares that the wicked and the persecutor will be taken in the devices that they have imagined. Proverbs 16:5
Pride also causes contention, wrath and self-deception and the end result is always shame, debasement and destruction. The bible tells us that God resisteth the proud, but he giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what the word of God has to say about the negative affect that pride has in the world and in the lives which we live.
Should we be proud of certain things in life, and how do we determine what to be proud of in life? To answer these questions, I believe first of all we must decide which view of pride are we going to subscribe too. The world view or God’s point of view. See Romans 12:1-2. Are we going to be conformed to this world or are we going to be transformed, made new in the spirit of our minds after the likeness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ?
Listen, saints, we serve an all-powerful God and Savior and yet he gently invites us with this passionate cry, when he admonishes us to take his yoke, upon us, and learn of him, because he is meek, and lowly in heart… Mathew 11:29. I think that this is an amazingly, remarkable invite coming from a God that has all-power and is all, above all, and in all. Amen.
In closing let us take a look at what the bible says about the who, the what and the where our pride should be directed towards:
The who? Our pride should be directed toward is God. Psalms 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
The what? Our pride should be directed toward is The things of God. Psalms 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Psalms 119:13-14 With my lips have I declared all the judgements of thy mouth. 14: I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. Psalms 19:5, Psalms 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. Proverbs 8:11. Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things in the earth.
The where? Our pride should be directed toward is The Kingdom of God? Mathew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Look at 1st Kings 3:5-13. Before honor is humility. Psalms 131:1
Well, That just about sums it up saints. So Glory in this
In Conclusion: The bible teaches us that all who will live godly shall suffer persecution. 2nd Timothy 3:12. So with that being said, let us be circumspect or watchful and be sure to walk in the Spirit, live by the Spirit and be led by the Spirit, event by event, remembering that only by pride comes contention, strife, debasement, and destruction.