Pride Comes Before The Fall

Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

Pride is a funny thing.  The world tells you that pride is good but God tells you that it is bad.  Of course I’m oversimplifying, but that’s the general message that I hear.

When we see someone groveling or whimpering, one of our first thoughts is “show some pride.”  When we accomplish something impressive, people say “you should be proud.”   When we watch our child do something good, we describe ourselves as a “proud parent.”  So how can God be opposed to this?  I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject but I have to assume it has to do with context and proportions.

Is it healthy to be proud of your son or daughter when they get good grades?  I think so.  Is it Godly to brag about your child’s grades in front of someone who’s children are struggling?  Probably not.

A sense of accomplishment is only natural when you get a raise or promotion at work.  If you use that sense of pride to motivate yourself to achieve more and be a good worker, more power to ya.  If you use your new position in the company to make others around you feel inferior or to gain advantage over them, that’s bad.

I think it helps to remember that all good things come from the Lord.  So in actuality, it is he who deserves our praise.  In fact, the Lord says that when we brag, we should brag about the Lord.


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