Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Scriptures give several examples of pride:
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: Pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate.”………This type of pride, God hates.
Galatians 6:4 “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”……….This type of pride is what a person feels about something that has been well done.
2nd Corinthians 7:4 “Great is my boldness of speech towards you, great is my boasting on your behalf.”……….This type of pride expresses the accomplishment of others.
Pride can have either a positive or a negative effect in a person’s life. Pride can be used as motivation to accomplish great and might things when it is used in a positive way.
On many occasions a parent may try to motivate their child to do better, or be the best at something by using pride to accomplish a goal. Sometimes a parent will tell a child that they what to be proud of their accomplishments.
Many athletes that compete in a sport, or other individuals that are in a type of competition, will use pride as a driving force to win or become successful.
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
If a person is not careful, pride can cause a person to have distorted or cloudy thinking hindering a person from making rational decisions.
When pride is used in a negative way, it can lead a person down a path of ultimate destruction. Pride used in a negative way can cause a person to have a haughty or arrogant spirit about themselves. This can cause a person to think more highly of themselves than they should.
Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”
If a person allows it, pride can become a daily struggle in their lives and become an on going problem.
Father in heaven, help us with putting pride in its right place, in Jesus name…Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev