• Ashish Roy

Is Pride a sin?

Merriam-Webster dictionary described Pride this way, “a feeling that you are more important or better than other people”

Here for this particular blog, I’m addressing the kind of pride that God hates and is wrong for our spiritual growth. There is a different kind of pride, the kind of pride we can feel about a job well done (Galatians 6:4) or the kind of pride we express over the accomplishment of loved ones (2 Corinthians 7:4). The kind of pride that stems from self-righteousness or conceit is sin, however, and God hates it because it is a hindrance to seeking Him.

The first thing is just to make this clear. Yes, pride is a sin. (see ref. Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 16:5, Proverbs 16:18, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). It is sinful because it is giving ourselves the credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone and keeping it for ourselves. It is essentially self-worship.

Before we go any further I would like to make this confession with all the honesty, that even I have experienced this in my life. And let me tell you honestly it was not a good experience and the guilt it brings is just so awful but I have to admit the forgiveness that Christ brings is nothing compared to the guilt in your conscience.

Now in the Bible, we see about Pride in just the beginning. But before we get to that answer first we need to know where Lucifer came in the story of creation. A probable answer is somewhere between Genesis 2:25 and 3:1. We do know that Lucifer had become the devil at the time of Genesis 3:1. Bible students have pondered for centuries over why Lucifer sinned in the first place. Two suggestions have been offered: One, Satan may have doubted God’s word that he had been created. Maybe God was lying. Second, he was no doubt jealous of man’s nature and the responsibilities given to Adam. From all this, we can conclude that Satan in his pride that he can become like God leads to his rebellion against God and it leads him to be cast out of heaven. And that pride came into this world which lead to the fall of the man. As the first man became corrupted by this sin and even though God allowed them to eat every fruit in the Garden beside one, they still fall into the lies of the Serpent. Man in his pride also rebelled against God and which in turn created a barrier between God and man.

In the book of Proverbs, the author mentioned seven abominations( Proverbs 6:16-19). And pride made that list and also murder and lying. But pride is on the top because it leads to murder and lying.

Our prayer life also tells us that if we are full of pride or clothed with humility. Because as we pray, we tell God how desperately we need Him in our lives and that we don’t know what tomorrow holds or what the next hour may bring but we put our lives into His mighty hands and that is a sign of submissiveness to God. It shows that we are nothing without Him and cannot do anything without His strength. But if you are not praying, this shows that you do not need God, you are way better on your own and you can handle everything on your own, and that my friend is haughtiness(pride).

Pride is the first sin and the most serious sin. Pride is our greatest problem. Not the devil. Not low self-esteem. Not our upbringing or injustices suffered.

Now the question is, “How to overcome Pride?”

To answer this question I’ll mention a few points which I believe can be a good place to start with.

1) Permit people to point out pride in your life.

Pride deceives the mind. It blinds you and makes you think everything is going great; however, when your pride is unclear to you, it is usually painfully clear to the people around you. Allow them to point out the pride in your life without fear of anger on your part.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” Similar wisdom was expressed long before in Proverbs 27:6, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Excerpt from Qualified by Tony Cooke)

2) Submit yourselves to God

Focus more on God than you do on yourself. Every morning submit yourself to God and tell Him that you “need Him” and ask God to clothe you with humility. Bible says ask and it will be given to you. So why don’t we ask God to make us humble and clothe us with humility?

When pride is pointed out, our first reaction can be introspection. The problem with this is that it keeps you self-focused, which is exactly what fuels your pride. Instead of spending time in introspection, spend time reading Scripture. Meditate on what Christ has done for us.

3) Pray

Prayer is a posture of humility towards God. When pride is knocking at your door, answer it with prayer. Ask Him to humble you. Ask Him to search your heart and reveal where you have let pride take over you, and ask that He would, through His power, help you destroy the grip of pride in your life.

The thing about pride is that you won’t even realize that you are being filled with proudness with your conscience. Only the power and spirit of God can lead us to realization and realization to repentance for that sin.

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