Pride

Why are we filled with Pride?

We sing, “I’m proud to be an American..” We say, “He’s too proud to ask for help.” “He/She has no pride.” “I’m so proud of my kids.” “Where is your pride?” Our parents teach us to be proud. We are proud of: our family name, our home, our wealth, our school, our town, and our country. We could add hundreds of examples or sayings about pride. But you get the idea.

What is pride? According to Dictionary.com, Pride is:

noun

1. a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.

2. the state or feeling of being proud.

3. a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.

4. pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself.

Did you notice how many times, “self”, is mentioned in #’s 3 and 4?

A few Synonyms for pride are: gratification, presumption, pretension, assumption, narcissism.

Perhaps we should be asking, “How does God view pride?” and “What does the Bible say about pride?” Here are some references I found in the Bible. Please look them up and read them for yourself.

Psalms 36:11, Psalms 73:6, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 13:10, Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 29:23, Danial 4:37, Daniel 5:20, Mark 7:21-22, I Timothy 3:6, I John 2:16 I am using the Spirit Filled Life Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The New King James Version.

You will see, from the verses I listed above, that pride causes: wickedness, violence, evil, hatred, strife, and destruction. It will bring you low, cause God to bring you down, depose you from a position of glory and power.

It is equated with: evil thoughts, adultery, fornication, murder, theft, covetousness, lewdness, blasphemy, and foolishness. It causes you to be condemned by God as is Satan. It is not of God, it is of the world.

When the Spirit of God alighted on Jesus’s head in the form of a dove, at His Baptism, God didn’t say, “This is my beloved son, I am proud of Him.” He said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

How can we make ourselves more pleasing in the sight of God? He said we must be humble.

How can we begin to control our pride? I think the first step is to remind ourselves that everything we have: possessions, appearance, wealth, or talent are all gifts from God. We wouldn’t have anything without His allowing us to have it. He has blessed this nation greatly.

Do you have a roof over your head? Food in your home? Clothing? Medical care? Congratulations. You have more than 95% of the people on this planet. No matter how high you live, or how lowly you live, whether you have wealth or are near poverty, God has blessed you. Since He did it, stop taking credit for it. Tamp down a bit of your pride and be thankful.

Maybe we should be saying; “He’s embarrassed to ask for help. He doesn’t want to admit he isn’t self-sufficient.” “He/She doesn’t know how to dress or behave.” “I am filled with joy by my children and pleased with their accomplishments.” “I am thankful for my home.” Sounds different, doesn’t it?

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  1. Reminds me of something we’ve heard all of our life…. Pride Goethe before a fall! I look at the book of Job. He had it all, everything man could desire on this earthly plain. He lost it all but still. Praised our God! Maybe we all need to learn from this book of the Bible…. the only thing in this life worth having is our belief in our Savior, the rest we leave behind when we depart this earth. We come in naked without the ability to care or feed ourselves–we go out of this world as naked as the day we came in….

    • You’re right, Barbara. That saying came from Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. I didn’t understand the wording in that verse for many years. When researching for this blog, I ran across it and it smacked me in the face. I believe it is meant as a procession, like a parade. First pride enters, (or goes before), your life, then destruction follows. The haughty spirit enters (walks in the heart first), then you fall. Job truly had a difficult life lesson, but stood firm.

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