Pride

The verses say it all. But just so everyone will know, God does not like those who show their pride no matter in which way they show it.

My Son-in-Law told it well to his baseball playing son. It is like a football player who is trying hard to run down the field for a touchdown but keeps getting tackled. He told the son it was Gods way of showing the runner He did not like his gloating as he outran some of the tacklers. But when the runner acted with humility when he ran, God blocked for him and he made the touchdown.

 

Better to be lowly in Spirit

Proverbs 16:19

18     Pride goes before destruction,

     And a haughty spirit before a fall.

19     Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,

     Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20     He who heeds the word wisely will find good,

     And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

 

Do not be Conceited

Romans 12:16

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

 

Ego Illustrated

Genesis 11:4-9

4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

 

God Humbles the Proud

Isaiah 13:11

11   “I will punish the world for its evil,

     And the wicked for their iniquity;

     I will halt the arrogance of the proud,

     And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

 

Daniel 4:37

37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

 

God mocks Proud Mockers

Proverbs 3:34

34   Surely He scorns the scornful,

     But gives grace to the humble.

 

God opposes the Proud

James 4:6

6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

     “God resists the proud,

     But gives grace to the humble.”

 

1 Peter 1:5

5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.”

 

In last days, lots of Proud People

2 Timothy 3:1-7

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Lord detests Pride

Proverbs 8:13; 16:5

13   The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;

     Pride and arrogance and the evil way

     And the perverse mouth I hate.

 

Love is not Proud

1 Corinthians 13:4

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

 

Pride goes before Destruction

Proverbs 16:18; 18:12

18   Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before a fall.

 

Pride is Sinful

Proverbs 21:4

4 A haughty look, a proud heart,

And the plowing of the wicked are sin.

Self—Confidant Boasting

 

2 Corinthians 11:17

17 What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

 

When considering boasting it is:

  • Better to be lowly in spirit – Proverbs 16:19
  • Boast only in God – Psalm 44:8
  • Boast in the cross – Galatians 6:14
  • Boast in the Lord – Psalm 34:2; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17
  • Boasting in your arrogance is evil – James 4:16
  • Do not be conceited – Romans 12:16
  • Do not brag – James 3:13
  • Let not man boast – Jeremiah 9:23 “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;

 

Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.

 

Prayer:   Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Pride.”  Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.

May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

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