What Does the Bible Say About Pride?
Striving to Walk in Humility Before God
by J.M. Troppello
There’s a fine line that the Christian must walk in regard to pride. You need to have a healthy level of self-confidence. However, you can’t get so full of yourself that you become prideful. Yet, you can also walk in pride by having a false sense of humility. The Bible has a lot to say about pride. Consider some of the following verses that discuss pridefulness.
1. God Resists the Proud
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:6-10, NKJV)
James quotes Proverbs 3:34 – God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble – to get the point across to the believers that pridefulness is not good. He ends this passage in verse 10 with the exhortation to humble yourself before God, for then He will lift you up.
2. God Gives Grace to the Humble
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.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be [a]sober, be [b]vigilant; [c]because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But [d]may the God of all grace, who called [e]us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, [f]perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (I Peter 5:5-11, NKJV)
Peter also references Proverbs 3:34 like James did. Learn from those who have more experience than you. I didn’t always like to do that. However, with the passing of time, I’ve found so much value in learning from my elders. Peter shares that when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, He will exalt you in due time.
3. God Hates Pride
16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to [a]Him: 17 A[b] proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19, NKJV)
This passage from Proverbs says that these things God hates and they’re an abomination to Him. One of those is a proud look. Allowing pride to take root in your life is never going to end well.
4. Pride Goes Before a Fall
18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall. (Proverbs 16:18, NKJV)
This is a well-known verse. Many times, it has been quoted as pride goes before a fall. However, the full verse is listed above. Pride goes before destruction. This verse goes further to share that a haughty spirit comes before a fall. Don’t allow a spirit of pride to bring you down and make you get off track from God’s perfect will for your life. This is a life lesson that I’m still learning.
5. Don’t Think of Yourself too Highly
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:3-8, NKJV)
Again, as referenced at the beginning of the article, cultivating self-confidence in your life is good and healthy. However, thinking of yourself more highly than you ought to be is not how God wants Christians to act. It’s good to live a life that is continually linked to daily self-reflection – according to the principles in God’s Word.
Have you ever had a problem with pride in your life? I have. I’m grateful for God and how He’s been working in my life in this area. What are your thoughts on pride and how Christian should not be prideful?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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