Pride, by definition, is a feeling of 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.
But does God hate all pride? Not necessarily.
There are several kinds of pride.
One is pride in one’s own work, which God approves of – He wants us to do well and take a certain pride in what we do – as long as we don’t get too big for our own britches.
The second is taking pride in someone else’s achievements, like when we see our children walk for the first time, or when a friend makes a breakthrough or succeeds at a goal.
The third kind of pride is where God has an issue. This kind of pride makes one look down his nose at everyone, lifting himself above others.
Proverbs 16:18 states, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. “ Read that again. A haughty spirit. Haughtiness, arrogance, and disdain are the triggers that make pride a sin.
Proverbs 16: 5 drives home this point, along with a consequence. “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.”
If we look back using our well-tuned 20/20 hindsight, we can all see moments where we’ve been prideful.
So how do we fight this sinful kind of pride? The answer lies in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Humility is the answer. But what exactly is humility?
Humility is a modest or low view of one’s own importance, or humbleness.
Being humble doesn’t mean we put ourselves down or not take credit for the good work we’ve done – it simply means we let our work speak for itself, and let others speak well of us instead of boasting.
Proverbs 27:2 sums it up nicely. “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
Please note the definition of humility is a low view of one’s own importance, not a low view of one’s true importance.
We are worthy because God makes us worthy; He deems us to be important to Him! His glory shines through us and through our work. And when someone appreciates what you’ve done or said, give God the glory – God will bless you for it!
Beth Brubaker, Assistant Editor is a humorist poet and songwriter, and her day jobs include homemaking, writing, and paper and fabric arts. Beth’s passion is the written word, and is developing ways of sharing her brand of humor with the world through poems, songs and stories. Don’t miss Beth’s columns and puzzles in every issue of Ruby for Women! You can read Beth’s posts on her blog Footprints in the Mud at http://footprintsinthemudblog.blogspot.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.