There is such a thing as being proud of a job well done, and that is emphatically NOT what I mean by “pride” in my title. I will talk about the deadly kinds of pride, and fully expect to offend a lot of people. I know I know, what else is new? When you saw the title of this post, what was your immediate reaction? Other than “curmudgeon is at it again.” The word “pride” reminded you of….what?
There is good pride and bad pride. Proverb 22:29 of Solomon was, “do you see a man skilled in his work, he will stand before kings, he will not stand before obscure men.” That’s someone who takes justified pride in his work. More proverbs about pride:
“The tongue of the righteous is choice silver..the mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom.”
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
“A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than 100 blows into a fool.”
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, only in expressing his own opinion.”
“Before destruction a mans heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. If one gives an answer before he hears the matter it is his folly and shame.”
“When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.”
“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes, there is more hope for a fool than for him. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.”
My favorite theme in life is summarized by Proverbs 19:11: Good sense makes one slow to anger and it is his glory to overlook an offense. The culture of outrage and grievance is the expression of the bad kind of pride, the kind that kills!