You Should Be Proud Of Yourself!

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project_-_editedHave you ever heard someone with well meaning say ‘you should be proud of yourself’? Wrong! You should never be proud of yourself. Are you a Christian? Do you think Jesus was proud of anything he did? He worked miracles after all. He was the son of God! If anyone deserved to be proud it was Him. But no. Pride is a sin, after all. And Jesus was sinless.

He humbled himself before God and man by being baptized by John, washing His disciples feet, standing before Pilate and ultimately dying on the cross. Not once did He show a modicum of pride. He was the preeminent example of humility.

If we are truly trying to follow Jesus, we should never allow ourselves to be prideful, even of our most noble accomplishments. We should instead defer to He to whom all credit is properly due. Only the truly humble can never be humiliated.


Here are some helpful Bible passages about pride and humility:

Who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. [Deuteronomy 8:16]

And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. [Deuteronomy 8:2]

And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. [Deuteronomy 8:3]

Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. [1 Samuel 2:3]

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. [2 Chronicles 7:14]

When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. [2 Chronicles 12:7]

Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. [2 Chronicles 34:27]

For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly. [Job 22:29]

Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” [Job 37:24]

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. … [Psalm 34:1-22]

I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn; do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with haughty neck.’” For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, [Psalm 75:4-6]

Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure. [Psalm 101:5]

The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. [Psalm 147:6]

Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. [Proverbs 3:34]

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. [Proverbs 8:13]

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. [Proverbs 11:2]

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. [Proverbs 15:33]

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. [Proverbs 16:5]

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. [Proverbs 16:18]

Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. [Proverbs 18:12]

“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride. [Proverbs 21:24]

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. [Proverbs 22:4]

One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. [Proverbs 29:23]

Man is humbled, and each one is brought low, and the eyes of the haughty are brought low. [Isaiah 5:15]

I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. [Isaiah 13:11]

All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. [Isaiah 66:2]

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” [Jeremiah 9:23-24]

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” [Obadiah 1:3]

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 18:2-4]

Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. [Matthew 23:10-12]

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; [Luke 1:52]

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” [Luke 14:11]

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” [Luke 18:14]

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” [Mark 7:20-23]

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. [Romans 11:17-21]

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant [1 Corinthians 13:4]

I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! [1 Corinthians 15:31]

So that no human being might boast in the presence of God. [1 Corinthians 1:29]

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. [2 Corinthians 11:30]

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [2 Corinthians 12:9]

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. [Galatians 5:26]

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [Galatians 6:14]

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [Ephesians 2:8-9]

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, … [Philippians 2:1-11]

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. [Colossians 3:12-14]

He is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, [1 Timothy 6:4]

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. … [2 Timothy 3:1-17]

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. [1 Peter 3:8]

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” [1 Peter 5:5]

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, [1 Peter 5:6]

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. [James 4:10]

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” [James 4:6]

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