Posted by Randall Smith

What does the Bible say?  What does the Bible say about pride?  There is a good positive pride all of us should have.  For example:  Parents and grandparents should be proud of their children and grandchildren in things they accomplish in life.  And here’s another example:  Each of us who are Christians should be extremely proud to know we are heavenbound. But on the flip side of the coin of pride, there is a pride we all should avoid.

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It is a negative pride.  A negatively proud person is one who thinks he/she is better than others.  We may erroneously believe we are better morally than everyone else.  That’s the way it was with the pharisees.  They had a “holier than thou” attitude.  Jesus told us a story revealing one such proud Pharisee in Luke 18:10-14.  He said, “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.    The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.    I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.    And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.    I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”  We may also, arrogantly believe our life is more important to God than everone else.    That’s not true, for God loves all people.  A negatively proud person is one who thinks he/she is always right.  This one’s mindset, is “I’m always right, and everyone else is always wrong.”  Again, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Someone once said in regard to so called “Know-it-alls.”  “The dumbest people I know, are those who know it all.”  And someone else said “Unless your last name is Google, stop acting like you know everything.”  Then finally, a negatively proud person is one who thinks he/she never needs help.  Sometimes we may be deceived into thinking that all is okay, when it’s not.  We need never be too proud to admit when we need help.  And sometimes, we may be deceived into thinking we can handle our problems on our own.  We need to all be humble, which obviously is the opposite of pride, and let others assist us when we need them.  None of us are Superman or Wonder Woman.  Here’s a couple of verses we all should remember when it comes to negative pride.  Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall;” and James 4:6b says “…..God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Pastor Randall Smith