Why pride is a sin
I understand the Bible says pride is a sin, but what I don’t understand is why. If you don’t have pride in yourself you will develop low self-esteem and other issues. So why is having pride in yourself considered a sin? Signed, Proud of Pride
DEAR PROUD OF PRIDE>>
Yes, bragging, boasting, or having a good feeling about who you are, what you’ve obtained, and how much you’ve accomplished ... in your own strength, by your own wisdom, and with your own wealth ... without acknowledging God, the giver of all these things, is sin. It is sin because it’s wrong to praise, uplift, glorify, or shine light on one’s self, the created, instead of praising, uplifting and glorifying God, the creator, who makes all good things possible. (“Every good and perfect gift comes from God.” James 1:17) As Christians, our self-esteem, doesn’t come from what we think about ourselves or how valuable we believe we are in our own eyes, but rather our selfesteem, self-worth and self-confidence comes from knowing how special we are in God’s eyes. And the more we humble ourselves and praise the Lord for all he’s done, the more our self-esteem grows, as does our faith, it doesn’t diminish. Just look at Jesus, who led by example, he was the complete opposite of prideful. He lived a life of humility. In fact, he was the lowliest, most humble man who ever lived. Jesus, the Word made flesh, who was with God in the beginning, who had every reason to brag and boast because everything belonged to him, yet he never, ever did. Instead, he gave all praises and glory to his Father in Heaven, living out Proverbs 27:2, which says, “let someone else praise you and not your own mouth”, a principal we should all strive to live by. In this world, none of us are exempt from the temptation of pride because we desire to feel good about ourselves and to share our blessings with others, and we can do so as long as we give all the praise, honor, glory, and shine due the Lord, to the Lord, and not take his credit for ourselves in the process. Thank you for your question and I encourage you to search the scriptures, God has lots more to say about the subject of pride. Ask the Chaplain is written by Rev. Dayna Spence, an ordained minister, licensed evangelist, and chaplain who’s served as a hospital chaplain and is currently serving as a hospice chaplain Chester County area. Please email “Ask the Chaplain” at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to, PO Box 1284, West Chester, PA 19380.