In keeping with my other posts before we dive in to what the Lord and His Word has to say on the issue at hand I think we would benefit from defining pride.
Pride is: 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 (first definition when you Google “Define Pride”). Some might say, “So, i’m proud of my life and the things in my life. What’s wrong with that?” Well, allow me to answer this first and then tell you what the Word says about pride.
We, as Christians have nothing to boast or be prideful in, if we truly believe the word of the Lord is infallible then you know that we have nothing to boast in but Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:14, sorry I couldn’t make it one sentence without referencing scripture!). This is so hard to do because it means denying our flesh and worldly desires to be great and accomplished. I think everyone likes to have things that they can take pride in, whether they take pride in worldly possessions like the car, house, outfits, or maybe even accessories (jewelry, purses, shoes, etc.) that they have worked so hard for, or take pride in their gifts and talents like singing, sports, and other musical talents to name a few.
LET ME BE CLEAR…. there is nothing wrong with having nice things or utilizing your talents, the problem comes when we are focusing upon these things and wanting all of the glory and credit for it. It is a sin to take pride in our own achievements because we can achieve nothing without the Lord who gives us the strength. Anytime I find pride keeping in I try to remind myself how I am nothing without God, that usually knocks me back down a few pegs 😉
I mean when you put things into perspective by reading The Word I truly believe it humbles you and causes you to realize that all these things, whether they are earthly possessions or talents, come from the Lord and not of our own doing. So, I’m just going to jump into what the Word says now.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
There is more, but I will leave you here! I don’t know about you but I have ALWAYS loved Proverbs. Such wise teaching and words in the book of Proverbs.
When we humble ourselves before the Lord and give Him all of the thanks and glory I truly believe He rejoices in our humility.