IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
When a person becomes prideful, they have put their trust in SELF instead of God. It is okay to feel good about yourself when you have finished a chore or done well on your schoolwork, but there is a kind of pride that is wrong. Here are some Bible verses about the wrong kind of pride.
Proud looks, proud thoughts and evil actions are sin. Proverbs 21:4.
It is not good to eat too much honey. In the same way, it is not good to brag about yourself. Proverbs 25:27.
The wicked people are too proud. They do not look for God. There is no room for God in their thoughts. Psalms 10:4.
God’s Attitude toward the Proud
Some thoughts of the proud are “look what I can do” and “I don’t need any help from God or others”. We think that we do not need God’s help, and we can do everything on our own. God does not like this kind of pride.
If you respect the Lord, you also will hate evil. It is wise to hate pride and bragging, evil ways, and lies. Proverbs 8:13
The Lord hates those who are proud. You can be sure that they will be punished. Proverbs 16:5
We have to work hard not to have the wrong kind of pride. Even as followers of Christ, we can be tricked by the devil into feeling prideful. We could be working for the LORD and start to feel the wrong kind of pride. In the Bible, in 2 Chronicles 26 there is a story about King Uzziah. He was a young king who followed the LORD at first, but then when God had made him a strong King and successful. He became proud when he thought, “Look what I did!” The LORD punished him with sickness. Remember there is no I in TEAM.
The cure for all sin is only found in Jesus and the gift of forgiveness. The Bible does teach us how to NOT have the wrong kind of pride- it is called being humble. Ask an adult to help you look up the work “humble” in the Bible concordance. Read those Bible verses together and try to do what they say.
Can you think of a time when you had the wrong kind of pride? Are you ready to learn to be humble instead?