The Bible says a whole lot about pride…… and it is very BAD…. and yet children are ENCOURAGED to have pride…. how often you hear people say…
“Don’t you have any PRIDE in ……… (yourself, your appearance, etc., etc.,) ?”
Pride was the original sin of the devil… “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14:13)
The Bible says, “God resisteth the proud but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6) and “For thus saith the high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spitit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15)
Humble is the opposite of proud…. and the world has little use for humble people…they despise them and use them as “doormats”….. but they respect proud, arrogant people who magnify themselves.
Christians must realize that the ways of the world are NOT the ways of God…. they need to stop conforming and take a stand for what is right.
But remember BALANCE… and avoid the opposite error…. LOW self-esteem and a NEGATIVE opinion of yourself.
The BALANCED (correct) way is to feel about yourself as the Bible presents it :
You are a hopeless sinner…. but still important enough to God to become the object of His attention and help.
1. You are only a human absolutely NOT in any way superior to any other human
2. But you are important enough to God that He went to extreme measures to save you from your own destruction… you have value to Him… and you dress and respect yourself… NOT out of pride over other fellow humans but because of the dignity that He bestows on you through love.