I was thinking today of the concept of ‘pride’. The word always has a connotation of something that is not good and indeed there are many times in the Word of God that say as much. A couple of these are quoted here.
18Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
8The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
It seems that when the negative aspect of pride is mentioned it is because there is an arrogance implied with it. There is an inference that the person feeling it, is thinking he is above others in perhaps intelligence, wealth or power and authority. It is as the scripture where the Pharisee is speaking and says he is so glad he is not like others as he gives his proper tithe, worships and fasts according to the law and lists the sins that he does not commit, that others do. Luke 18 vs 9-14. He is so proud of himself and feeling so righteous.
To me, this is where the sin of pride is…putting yourself so far above where you think others are….being so proud of how important you have become in life!
Having said all of that, I believe sometimes there is a place for pride to be a part of our life. I think we can be proud of our accomplishments when we have been studying and striving to achieve our goals in life.
I also think there is a place …yes…to be proud of how we have raised our children to be moral, loving, compassionate and good upstanding citizens of this world.
From a Christian perspective realizing that God is ultimately our helper in achieving such goals, is paramount of course.
I feel proud that I have, by His grace come so far in defeating the hold that depression held over me for so many years, and can now enjoy life with all that it has to offer.