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Often, in our day, the word, “pride,” is used in various ways as a noun or a verb. One way the word has been used today is a “confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture, and experience.”
This definition of the word, “pride” is in stark contrast as it is defined in the Bible. Of the 49 times the word is used in the Bible, it exclusively, every time, conveys an adverse and wicked condition.
“Pride [goeth] before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
“[When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13)
“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”(Proverbs 29:3)
Satan’s nature is one of pride. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”. (Isaiah 14:13-14)
Pride is the common denominator between Satan, Adam and Eve and is the first ingredient of sin in our natures. “And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Genesis 3:6)
Eve then began to display the three primary areas of sin and evil in human beings. The lust of the flesh, “And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food.” The lust of the eyes, “and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and the root of all sin and evil: Pride. “and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise,”
Adam, the “son of God” (Luke 3:38) then disobeyed God, who gave him a perfect life in a perfect world, chose death through sin and rebellion. “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (I John 2:16)
May we be careful about how we use and think of the word, “pride,” and cognizant of how God defines the word.