This is the first in a two part series on Pride and Humility
3 Men arrived at Harrisburg Family House to learn more about Pride. There is a difference between the kind of pride that God hates and the kind of pride we feel about a job well done. The kind of pride that stems from self-righteousness is sin, and God hates it because it is a hindrance to seeking Him.
When is pride bad?
There are different forms of pride. Some pride is regarded by God as being good and some as being bad.
God sees pride as being bad when it is related to:
1. pride in appearance:
- We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 2 Corinthians Ch.5:12
2. pride in riches:
- They were proud of their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols and vile images. Therefore I will turn these into an unclean thing for them. Ezekiel Ch.7:20
- By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud. Ezekiel Ch.28:5
3. pride in comparing one with another:
- Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, Galatians Ch.6:4
4. pride in things you have achieved:
- Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2
- Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 1 Corinthians Ch.5:6
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4
- For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16
Usually when God speaks about pride he is referring to this bad pride. This type of human pride has one overriding characteristic, it is self-centered.
When is pride good?
Sometimes in the Bible pride is referred to as being good. God sees pride as being good when it is related to:
1. pride in God:
- My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Psalm 34:2
- but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah Ch.9:24
- Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians Ch.1:31
2. pride in others:
- as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus. 2 Corinthians Ch.1:14
- I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 1 Corinthians Ch.7:4
- I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 2 Corinthians Ch.12:5
3. pride in self:
- The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. James Ch.1:9-10
Pride in the work of God is praised in the Bible. It is okay to have a feeling of pleasure or pride in something well done for the work of God as long as you don’t compare yourself against other people.
As you go through the week consider: What is the source of the Pride that I feel? Is it to God’s glory?
Give God the glory, He alone deserves it.
- I enjoyed our conversation this morning men. Thanks for your participation
- BBQ just watched American Sniper (and Tumbler and I haven’t seen it yet.) Also of note, Tumbler and I both recently just watched Lone Survivor. and Have not seen American Sniper. Apparently we need to step up our Movie watching, Prayers to those who have served (or are serving) in uniform.
- Continued prayers for @BanjoBoy, his M and 2.0. Pretty sure no one is sleeping over there. At least he works for a Bank and doesn’t have to work all that hard.