I am writing today to shed some light on pride. Pride can be a hard topic to swallow, but it’s something that we all deal with from time to time. The Oxford Dictionary defines pride as, “A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.”
The Bible tells us, in James 4:6b, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 16:18 reads, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” There are many verses and stories in the Bible dealing with prideful people and situations, and detailing the unfortunate results that follow. Isaiah 2:12, Jeremiah 9:23, Philippians 2:3, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16:5, Daniel 5:20 to name a few.
When we consider pride and how it affects both believers and non-believers, what stands out in your mind?
In my own life, I have been prideful; patting myself on the back or expecting a reward for something I’ve done. But, in reality, who am I to deserve such accolades? I am no one without the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 64:6a says, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…”
Doing our best version of life, work, marriage, family, or even church on our OWN is as “filthy rags”. God did not intend for life to be a solo act. If we are believers, He is there. He has given us special skills and talents to use for His purpose and for His glory, and not our own. Not only has God equipped us with the abilities necessary to fulfill His calling in our lives, but also He is present in all situations, and has surrounded us with a family of believers! There isn’t anything in life that God intends for us to approach single-mindedly. Coworkers, friends, fellow church members, family, and even strangers have been placed in our lives to be used as resources and to draw from for support.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
In 1 Corinthians 12:14, Paul tells us, “For the body is not one member, but many.”
Oftentimes, pride makes people believe that they can do all things on their own; that they don’t need support or a Savior. If you are a non-believer, God is waiting to help you! He wants to come alongside you and guide you along life’s path. He will provide that inner circle of believers to disciple and mentor you through the battles and struggles of life. Don’t let pride get in the way of having happiness, friendship, love, fellowship, or salvation.
In closing, I would like to share a this verse from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Without Him, we are nothing!
– Justin Cantwell, MSBC Deacon