The debate continues on whether or not pride is a sin. Some say pride is a sin, some say it is not a sin if your pride is justified, and still others claim that the word pride was misinterpreted, however many people do not realize that pride is clearly defined in the Holy bible as evil by Jesus Christ and as an abomination by the Lord. Pride is a deceptive sin that affects others negatively, reflects negatively on you, and has been presented to the world as a word describing feelings about actions as an acceptable way to act or speak. Yet the most commonly accepted definition for pride is the total opposite of the real definition of pride from the way we were taught to use the word pride, in fact, pride is a very harmful, evil, deceptive sin that is the total opposite of the way people often use the word pride. The definition of pride Often the word pride is misunderstood, when we use the word pride to say we are proud of someone or something, we think we are referring to the good feelings, such as being pleased, thankful, or grateful, for an achievement of something which has been completed well. However, that is not the true definition of pride.When you put pride into Google translate from Hebrew to English the translation is much like the standard dictionary definition. Pride translates to גאוה which translates to pride, boastfulness, haughtiness, arrogance, and conceit which is very descriptive but not what you or someone you know feels when a goal is achieved. According to Funk & Wagnalls dictionary pride is an undue sense of one’s own superiority, inordinate self-esteem, arrogance, or conceit, this definition is also not what you feel when you say you are proud of something or someone is it? How you use the word pride has nothing to do with the actual definition of the word pride and nothing to do with the biblical definition of the word either but how we act when we think we are feeling pride can harm others as well as yourself. Misuse of the word Pride One reason people get upset when confronted with the facts that pride is a sin is because the word pride is often misused. For example, when someone has accomplished something admirable people often say, “I am so proud of you!” which could be more properly stated “I am so pleased with you!” When you say, “I am so proud of you!” you are actually telling the person that you are not pleased with their accomplishment based on the meaning of pride as an undue sense of superiority or conceit with the keyword defining the accomplished act as undeserved, undue. Clearly, this is not what you mean to say when you tell someone you are proud of them or their achievements. How pride affects others and you Pride can be harmful to other people, as well as yourself and should be avoided at all costs. Think before you speak is one way to control prideful statements or comments. Try to envision the reaction that others may have before you start bragging about your accomplishments or possessions. If what you say could make another person feel like they have less worth or makes them feel bad about their own lack of accomplishment these feelings could backfire and end up causing hard feelings, jealousy, and even hatred. Let’s think about this for a minute. Every one of us has had some form of undue sense of our own superiority above another, at one time or another in our lives. Anyone that says they have not ever been prideful is probably being untruthful. However, when we feel pride for our own, family or friends accomplishments we tend to think that is a justifiable pride, however we should not be proud and boastful of accomplishments or material goods but rather, we should be grateful to God and thankful that He gave us the opportunity to accomplish the deed or to acquire our needs. When we brag and boast about our achievements or material things the people who endure it are the ones that get offended, hurt, or feel less adequate because of it (even if they do not tell you). Speaking in a prideful way that hurts other peoples feelings means the way your belief of what pride is handled is incorrect because when your actions hurt or harm someone else (and sometimes even yourself) is what makes it a sin. Allowing yourself to feel pride instead of gratitude is a way of giving yourself or another person credit for something that would not have happened if not for the Lord having given the resources to do so. The Lord does not like prideful people and will knock them off their pedestal. The Lord will bring the prideful person down Today, I would like to present to you what the Holy Bible says about pride and whether or not we should exhibit this part of our natural sinful desires and also to open your eyes up to the difference between pride and gratitude is. First, I think we should take a good look at what the Lord says about the pride in our hearts. Clearly pride is deceptive because it makes you feel overly confident placing yourself or someone else above others is a way of setting yourself up for failure because the Lord clearly states in Obediah that He will bring prideful people down.
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Obediah 1:3
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord. Obediah1:4
The Lord spoke and His message was point-blank! There is no hidden meaning in God’s opinion, of our opinion,of our own self worth-His words are clear, “I will bring thee down” so there is no debating God’s word. Yet, we continue to exhibit behavior associated with pride because we have been taught that it is okay to be proud of people, accomplishments, and material goods as if pride were a good thing to feel. Remember the definition of pride? When we get a new car or new clothes, house, etc. and we brag about it like we are better than someone who does not have these things, then we are bragging about something we think we feel proud of when in fact we should be grateful and thankful. That is Pride! When we sense that we are proud of it, we should stop and think about how we are thinking. We should not be proud but we should be grateful, humble and thankful to the Lord for providing for us the ways and means to acquire or accomplish things. We cannot exhibit this type of pride even if we are excited about it! We can be happy, grateful or thankful of what the Lord has done for us and witness to others about it but we must do so with a humble spirit not with a prideful spirit. We must be sure that the Lord gets the credits and not us and we should be careful of the words we speak that they do not inadvertently harm someone else. This is not always an easy task when you consider that we have been brought up thinking pride is okay, that is the very key to understanding how deceptive pride really is. Pride is not feeling happy, grateful, or thankful of a good accomplishment or getting something you have worked hard for-no the definition of pride is “undue sense of one’s own superiority, inordinate self-esteem, arrogance, or conceit.” as stated earlier. Undue means the same as undeserving so if you are proud of something or someone you are basically saying they are undue or undeserving of their accomplishment. Pride is deceptive The Lord does not want us to exhibit haughty pride! He tells Obadiah (meaning servant of God) that the pride of your heart has deceived you. So, we can gather that pride is deceptive! People can be deceived by pride because it causes them to glorify actions, deeds, or possessions in such a way that it harms others as well as yourself. Many people do not realize that pride is a sin because the word pride has been misused for so long the true meaning of the word has been lost in todays world. Most people believe it is okay to be proud of their accomplishments and display them proudly but this is where the deception of pride is The devil has deceived the world in making something that is wrong-seem right. We can be grateful in all things, we can be pleased (which is the appropriate wording in most cases where the word pride is used ), give God the glory because even though he may not have done what was needed for you to accomplish a goal or deed He did provide you with the very air that you breath, the body you are using to accomplish things, the intelligence to do better and greater things, and in this respect it is important to realize that pride is deceptive and as a deception it has the capabilities to cause pain and distress to others as well as yourself. Prideful talk hurts others Whether it is competitive game, an award, a degree, etc. when there is a winner, there is also a loser. When the winner brags pridefully they are harming those who did not win or fell short of the goal they were trying to attain. When we think, in our minds and/or speak out of our mouth with pride it does not usually impress our listener’s but often is taken offensively by those who are subjected to prideful words. Prideful talk can cause others to become jealous or resentful. Does this accomplish anything? Do other people think we are a better person because we can brag about something that we, our family, or friends have or have not accomplished or received? No. They miss the message completely and all they are thinking is, “What a braggart!” Pride of life is of this world and not of God According to the Apostle John lusting after someone else’s accomplishments, property, or who they are with is the pride of life and is not of God the Father but it is of this world. We don’t need to brag about what we have or have done but rather we should seek and do what God wants us to do and when we do God’s will we we will abide with Him forever,
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:16
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. I John 2:17
The apostle John clearly identifies lust and pride as things that are not of God but they are material things that the world identifies us with or that we identify ourselves with! He also clearly states that lust and pride are not of the Lord, our father and makes it clear that these things are not lasting. We cannot keep them! However, he clearly states that the person who does the will of God abides forever! Job recognized pride as sin Now in the Old Testament Job was speaking to the Lord during a terrible time in his life, Job answered the Lord and in his answer he made mention of Pride.
Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. Job 40:11
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place Job 40:12
This passage shows us that Job recognized pride as wicked or sinful. In the book of proverbs we find what is considered to be King Solomon’s work, proverbs and parables. It is dated approximately at 180B.C. Solomon called pride an abomination to the Lord. Solomon had prayed and asked the Lord for wisdom and King Solomon was considered one of the wisest men in the world, of his time. What does he say about pride? Pride is offensive to the Lord Now that you know the word pride does not mean the same as pleased, thankful or grateful and that it is in fact and undue, undeserved act of conceit and haughtiness, it becomes easier to understand why God hates pride and considers it as an abomination.
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand, join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Prov. 16:5
This verse clearly states that pride is an offence to the Lord, an abomination or disgusting, revolting. It also reveals that this offence has a penalty! It is a punishable offence! Nobody even considers the fact that pride is sin.Recognizing this fact brings us into realization or condemnation!
Examining pride further we find that Timothy, who was part of the apostle, Paul’s followers and teachers; Was in Ephesus taking care of the church, while Paul traveled to Macedonia. Timothy was instructed by Paul to silence the people who were teaching false doctrines. Paul advised Timothy on his own personal conduct and gave Timothy instruction. Pride is a trap Pride is a trap that the devil uses to ensnare us. If you want to make sure you do not fall into this trap you will need to realize that pride is a trap.
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall in the condemnation of the devil. I Tim. 3:6
Morever he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. I Tim. 3:7
In verse 6, it clearly states that pride will bring us into condemnation. Condemnation from the devil! In verse 7, Timothy explains his statement, “falling in reproach or the snare” (trap) set by the devil! In essence, Pride can be viewed as a snare or trap set by the devil! Now, let us consider what Jesus says about pride! Jesus said pride is a sin Jesus clearly stated that pride is a sin when he included it in a list of sins which defile man.
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. Mark 7:20
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Mark 7:21
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness Mark 7:20:22
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:20-23
There you have it! While Jesus was describing the things that defile a man he described it as “evil things that come from within us.” It is clear that pride is listed with other things that the Lord wants us to know are evil! Pride is Evil The world may accept and expect pride as an acceptable part of our personality. However, God does not! The Lord has made it very clear what He expects of us. Do not get it confused with what man expects of us! We are to be loving, faithful, humble, grateful, and thankful for the things that the Lord provides and enables us to do, not boastful or Proud. The Difference Between Pride and Thankfulness The Holy Bible tells us pride goes before destruction or a fall. Should pride be part of our personality as Christians? There is a difference between pride and thankfulness. In other words, when you accomplish a great feat, such as graduating from school, a promotion at work or complete a bible study, there is the temptation to be prideful, a sense of pride wells up inside that makes us feel good about ourselves and makes us want to brag a little to others. Yet, the Bible tells us pride comes before a fall. So, how should we feel when we accomplish some great thing or when our loved ones achieve some great measure of recognition? The answer is simple. We should fight off the feelings of pride and replace them with thankfulness. Thanking the Lord for giving us or our friend or family member the ability to accomplish the goal that was achieved.