What is pride?
Whenever we read anything, we can get a better understanding by studying the synonyms and antonyms of each word. This holds true when we read Bible, and it is very important practice to help understand the Bible as a whole. Context is another very valuable study guide for the Bible. And when we see the word "pride" in the Bible, it always comes along with negative connotations. Pride is usually associated with stubbornness, disobedience and rebellion against God. These could also be considered strong synonyms of pride.
Antonyms of pride would be humility and obedience. These too often go hand in hand. Obedience to God and His Word shows true humility in that person. Through God's written word we learn that obedience shows we love God more than anything else we can do.
"By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, because everyone born of God overcomes the world." 1 John 5:2-4a
In time, and through God's power, we can overcome all obstacles in this world. Including any and all known pride and disobedience. This is a major aspect of the Good News (gospel) of Jesus the Christ. And this is the goal of any converted disciple of Christ.
The promises of God are always given to us with conditions. Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." John 8:51
The word "if" here is the English translation of the Greek word ean (Strong's # 1437). eán is (a conjunction, derived from 1487 /ei, "if" and 302 /án, a particle showing a statement is conditional) – if, referring to a condition extending to its "spin-off" possibilities – i.e. what happens if the condition is actualized or is valid.
"For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:14, 15
All who claim to serve Jesus the Christos must humble themselves and accept God's instructions and commands with the utmost seriousness. THAT is having humility before God and is the opposite of pride.
In Scripture, "lowliness, humility" (Strong's # G5012) is the English translation of the Greek word tapeinophrosýnē, and is an inside-out virtue produced by comparing ourselves to the Lord (rather than to others). This brings behavior into alignment with this inner revelation to keep one from being self-exalting (self-determining, self-inflated). For the believer, 5012 /tapeinophrosýnē ("humility") means living in complete dependence on the Lord, i.e. with no reliance on self (the flesh). (discoverybible.com HELPS)
Beautiful definition of humility, isn't it?
Let's look at some Bible verses about the importance of humility:
"The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." Proverbs 15:33
"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty (synonym of pride), and before honour is humility." Proverbs 18:12
"By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life." Proverbs 22:4
Do you want blessings from God? Seek this humility in serving God. Be obedient to His commands.
And before we can truly be obedient we must be born again. That can only happen through a revelation from God by the Holy Spirit that convicts you of sin and shows you your need for God's work in and through His Christos-Son. This isn't something we can do. It has to be God.
God is dealing with everyone's consciences. Those things we did in the past that weren't good. They bother us. God can cleanse our consciences through Jesus the Christ. He came to this world to die, so we can be forgiven. This He did for YOU. God can forgive you through the blood that Jesus shed for you. And then He gives you power to "go and sin no more." God gives us the ability to cease continuing in intentional sin. (Not talking about sins of ignorance. There is a difference between sins of ignorance and willful / presumptuous sins. Explained Here)
Please also see my message on comparing ourselves among ourselves which is "not wise" according to the apostle Paul.
Humility is obedience to God. The opposite of pride. Pride is disobedience to God and His Word. That's when an individual refuses to follow God with all their heart. They want to be their own god. It is also idolatry. And God will not allow idolaters into the kingdom of HEAVEN (Ephesians 5:5).
In scripture, we see the word "pride" lumped together with words like "wickedness." Prideful and wicked people often end up persecuting those who are truly serving God, humbly, and with all their heart as God commands.
"The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined." Psalms 10:2
"The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. " Psalms 10:4
It's all quite simple to understand.
God says of the wicked, that He isn't in all their thoughts. He calls them wicked and proud.
This is how you learn what words like "pride" mean. By the context used throughout Scripture. There are many bible websites online now where you can look at every single occurrence of every single word from the Hebrew Old Testament, Greek New Testament and Greek OLD Testament, which is called the Septuagint (LXX).
But many will say, "that man is proud, he claims to have God in all his thoughts."
The wicked, prideful and disobedient ones have it backwards. And when it comes to Christ. backwards is anti-christ. The wicked can not truly confess that Jesus and the Father have come into their flesh / body to live. Which would make them overcomers. Through their lifestyle. Their confession is lacking. They make allowances for sin.
Examine yourself. Is the "they" and "their" pronouns I'm using, actually you? If so, God tells you to repent, or perish. Because through the gospel of Jesus the Christos Son of God, you CAN serve God with all your heart. You CAN love Him with all your heart. Through Christ you CAN! Please read my message on perfection.
Amen Lord. Thank you for your Word. You are all around us. You know our thoughts and our hearts and see everything we do. Open our eyes and let us see clearly if there be any false doctrines within us and show us these things. If we don't want to see them, change our hearts and give us the desire, the fear to see them and give us the understanding that YOU make it possible to serve You with all our heart. We are more than conquerors through Your holy Spirit within us. God touch all those who read this message. Bless them, God, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
You can be saved!
God loves the people in the world so much that He came down to die for us. If God is opening your heart to His message and you feel convicted for your sins which have separated you from a holy God and you feel the need to be forgiven, then say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully converted to the Christ in 1997!
Say, "My Lord and my God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe Jesus the Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now on the right-hand side of God listening to this prayer. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You in, Lord Jesus. Thank you, God, for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen."