DEFINITION: Pride is a feeling of haughty superiority demonstrated by someone who thinks they are better than others. It is an inflated sense of one’s self-worth, skills, intelligence, accomplishments, or position. Conceit, vanity, arrogance, boasting, egotism, and haughtiness are other words that describe pride.
FACTS ABOUT PRIDE:
Pride was the original sin. It was because of pride that Satan fell from his exalted position in heaven (Isaiah 14:13). It was the appeal of pride–knowing all things–that resulted in the first sin by mankind (Genesis 3).
Attributes of pride. Boasting is one evidence of pride. Another is putting other people down to elevate self and gloating over the misfortunes of others. Pride is also marked by a haughty attitude and a tendency to perform good deeds in order to receive honor from men (Matthew 23:5-6, 13-16). Pride makes one self-sufficient apart from God. Pride deceives you into thinking you are better than others and that you cannot fall into sin. Pride keeps you from seeking God (Psalm 10:4) and exalts self against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Pride is a sin. Pride is rebellion against God because it attributes to self the honor due to God alone. God hates pride (Proverbs 6:16) and everyone who is proud is an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 16:5).
Pride is the root of all sin. As the first sin, pride is the root of all sin. All sins can be traced back to the original root of pride.
DEALING WITH PRIDE:
Ask God to reveal pride in your life. Prideful behavior may have been such a part of your life that you do not even recognize its manifestations. Ask God to show you attitudes or attributes of pride in your life so you can deal with them.
Ask God for forgiveness. Pride is sin–in fact it is one of the seven sins most hated by God. As with any other sin, pride requires confession and repentance.
Humble yourself before God. Humility is the opposite of pride. We are commanded to “humble ourselves” as an act of our will (James 4:10). Seek to serve others rather than being a “star”.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT PRIDE:
You will save the humble people; But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down. (2 Samuel 22:28, NKJV)
Read 2 Kings 5: Naaman’s pride almost caused him to miss a miracle!
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalm 10:2-4)
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips–who is our master?” (Psalm 12:3)
You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. (Psalm 18:27)
For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. (Psalm 36:2)
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. (Psalm 40:4)
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of the God? (Psalm 52:1)
Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. (Psalm 73:6)
Whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. (Psalm 101:5)
Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. (Psalm 138:6)
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. (Proverbs 3:34)
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. (Proverbs 8:13)
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)
Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. (Proverbs 13:10)
The Lord tears down the proud man’s house but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact. (Proverbs 15:25)
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. (Proverbs 18:12)
A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin. (Proverbs 21:4)
By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor. (Proverbs 25:27)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:1-2)
A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor. (Proverbs 29:23)
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), (Isaiah 2:11-12)
The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled. (Isaiah 2:17)
I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. (Isaiah 13:11)
You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. (Isaiah 14:13-15)
For this is what the high and lofty One says–he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)
This is the one I esteem: He who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66:2)
And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit. (Ezekiel 16:50)
Read Daniel 4. King Nebuchadnezzar’s pride resulted in a harsh punishment from God.
But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes. (Daniel 5:20-21)
“The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. (Obadiah 3-4)
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:13)
He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.'” (Mark 7:21-23)
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble. (Luke 1:51-52)
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (Luke 17:10)
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God. (John 12:43)
They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:30-32)
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3)
Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Romans 12:16)
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. (1 Corinthians 1:28-29)
Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:31)
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
(1 Corinthians 3:7)
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7)
But, Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:17-18)
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galatians 5:25-26)
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
You boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:16)
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:5-6)
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. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:16-17)