Pride

Bible Verses: Proverbs 3:34, 8:13, 13:10, 16:18; Isaiah 2:11; Jeremiah 9:23-24; John 15:5; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 2:3; I Timothy 6:17

Core Verse: I Timothy 6:17 – “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

Understanding Pride:

Every human being struggles with pride. No one wants to admit it…because we are too proud. Pride seems to be at the root of most of our other sins. If you’re struggling with selfishness, disobedience, or greed, it’s because you are prideful at heart.

Pride says, “I need what I need because I want what I want.”

Ask yourself when the times are when you are not happy. Are they when you don’t get your way? Are they when you get grounded for disobeying your parents? Are you willing to sin in order to get what you want?

Notice from I Timothy 6:17, that even if you have a lot of money or stuff, that doesn’t automatically make you prideful. He does however show that with a great amount of things in our life or even when we may be great at different things, we need to be even more cautious not to be prideful.

Why shouldn’t I be full of pride? Simply, because God opposes the proud, but give grace to the humble (James 4:6). Proverbs 8:13 says, “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” That is what our thought process should be…HATING pride.

What does pride look like? How can you spot it? Here a few clues (taken from Growing Up Christian by Karl Graustein) that might help you see if you are a prideful person. How many of these things are true of you?

I often talk about myself and my accomplishments.

When I am in a group setting, I regularly compare myself to others.

When I pray in public, I am quite concerned with what others think.

In a group setting, I am hesitant to speak because I fear making a mistake or saying something stupid.

I look for ways to serve in public so I can be noticed and praised.

I like to dress in a way that draws attention to myself.

I laugh at others’ mistakes, but blush at my own.

After evaluating yourself, how did you stand? Are you a prideful person? If you are, be encouraged. There are some simple things that you can do to overcome your pride. First, pray to ask God’s help. By you thinking you can handle this on your own is pretty prideful. Recognize that it will only be by the grace of God that you overcome this. Second, in conversations where you tend to be more prideful, show more interest in what someone else is saying instead of what you plan on saying next. Ask Questions. Find out about what they thought or did. Give praise to others.

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