It amazes me how many people who claim to be Christians either ignore or don’t know that pride is a sin. Not only is it a sin. It’s a sin that frustrates God more than others. Now, I know there are no big sins or little sins, but yes, there ARE some that upset God more.
That shouldn’t be hard to understand. It’s a sin for someone to lie on you, it’s also a sin for someone to try to kill you…which would upset you more?
It’s a sin for someone to lust after your spouse, it’s also a sin for someone to sleep with him or her…which would upset you more?
Well, the latter in both cases is just like pride to God relative to other sins. In fact, I think that’s a great way to help define abominations in practical, contemporary terms.
God makes it clear that pride is a sin…
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A 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 16:18 (NKJV)
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
1 John 2:16 (NKJV)
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Unfortunately, too many Christians act as though there is some acceptable form of pride. Pride is the ultimate subtle form of idolatry…self worship, race worship, national worship. Pride is giving ourselves credit what God has accomplished.
How many times have you thought, heard, said or agreed with any of these statements?
“I’m a proud American!”
“I’m proud to be Black!”
“I’m proud to be White!”
“I’m proud of my heritage!”
“I’m proud of our traditions!”
“I’m proud of my child!”
‘I’m proud of my accomplishments!”
God does not excuse pride, no matter how we justify it.
I think justifying pride is one of the subtlest forms of blasphemy because we in essentially ‘think’ for God…
We decide that the ‘pride’ we’re feeling is different. We decide that God understands. We decide He knows what we mean…
“When I say I’m proud, God knows what I mean.”
Now, I know some people will say I’m over thinking this. There are some who will say I’m making a big deal out of nothing. There are some who will say I’m being too nitpicky. But, sometimes that’s our problem. God will make His expectations clear and we quickly make excuses or try to justify what we want to do. We’re quick to say, “That’s not what He meant by that”.
God said what He said, means what He means…He’s absolute.
Self-esteem and pride are two different things. Self-esteem is loving yourself and valuing the God in you. God wants us to love ourselves through Him (Matthew 22:39). Pride is valuing ourselves more than God and what we’ve done or accomplished more than God.
God does not allow us to be proud of anything.
Here’s a suggestion that I have to constantly remind myself of…
Whenever and however, you use the word PRIDE, try substituting it with the words THANKS or THANKFUL.
Try it in the sentences above. Still works doesn’t it? And, it’s not a sin. It’s obedience…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.