There are verses throughout scripture that speak of God’s hatred of pride. “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; assuredly, he will not be unpunished.” (PR 16:5 NASB) “The LORD will tear down the house of the proud.” (PR 15:25a NASB) “For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be abased.” (ISA 2:12 NASB) Why is pride so bad?
When you are humble, you are seeking God. You want to hear from God. You desire to grow in His grace. When you’re prideful, you don’t want to hear from anyone because you are already perfect. A prideful Christian will not realize he is thinking this way. Just as he won’t realize he has stopped hearing God’s voice. He may think God is eternally near because of how far he has come in his walk.
Pride may cause you to lie to cover up sin. Humility says “confess to one another and be healed.” (JAS 5:16) Pride says “No one must know the truth.” Why does pride go before destruction? (PR 16:18) Because we are all imperfect. In our humility, God has lifted us up. With the pride, we start to believe the blessing will always be there. Or worse yet, it’s not blessing from God, but just who we are. Not only will God stop speaking to the prideful Christian, God will stop using them, and stop blessing them.
God, who knows all of our weaknesses helps us to succeed in life despite our weaknesses. When we’re humble, God makes up the difference and our work is blessed. When we’re prideful we lose that. And our pride prevents us from recognizing the blessing is gone.
For example: I am weak in the area of organization. I need to maintain a certain level of organization to do my job well. When I am humble and have a right relationship with God, He helps me with my weakness. Without that blessing, I am in danger of losing my job.
Pride hinders proper communication. When you’re humble, those who care about you will tell you the truth. When you’re prideful, those who care about you will eventually stop trying and allow you to reap the consequences of your stubbornness. That’s because they realize you don’t care enough to truly hear what they are saying.
In time, those who care may walk away from the relationship. Eventually what scripture says must come to pass. “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (PR 16:18 NASB) The marriage will disintegrate. The job will be lost. That important relationship will be irreparably damaged.
Pride is deceptive. Pride thinks it isn’t prideful. Paul says we should examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith. (2 COR 13:5) In the same way, we should examine ourselves to see whether we are being prideful.
Even better, allow God to examine you. Psalm 139:23-24 says “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (NASB)
And if God puts His finger on your proud heart, don’t allow yourself to fall further. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” (1 PE 5:6 NASB)