Is there good pride?
Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. Mark 15:16
Have you ever heard anyone talking about how proud they were? Maybe it was proud of a certain accomplishment or proud of their children or loved one? What about taking pride in your work and a job well done? How about being proud to be an American? These phrases sound like they could be a good thing. Like there is a good kind of pride? However, there is no scripture that indicates that pride can be good. Every reference to pride in the Bible is in direct contrast to who God is and everything He stands for.
The reason is because pride puts the focus on yourself rather than others. Like I did some great thing on my own or my child is awesome because they are mine. Even when Jesus was baptized, God said “This is my beloved Son that I am well pleased with.” He didn’t say “This is my Son that I am so proud of.”
Pride is what got Satan thrown out of heaven and pride is what got Adam and Eve banished from the garden. There is no good pride and in fact Proverbs 16:5 says: Every proud heart is an abomination to the LORD, and none will go unpunished! Notice it says every/all not some or many.
In today’s reading, Jesus was taken by the guards to be beaten, mocked and humiliated. The key verse struck me because I never noticed that they called together all the guards. I don’t know if this was the normal practice or if they thought Jesus was going to try to escape, but they all came together to do this gruesome job.
This was Jesus ultimate example of humility. Never once did an ounce of pride enter in. He didn’t try to fight or stand up for Himself. He didn’t call on Angels and He didn’t show the power of God that was behind Him. Of course, we know it was because this was His assignment, but it was also because He even loved those wretched people that were tormenting Him.
Here’s the kicker! This process pleased God but it did not make Him proud. Isaiah 53:10 says: Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. In this passage it looks like Jesus is being humiliated, but Philippians 2:8 says that He humbled Himself to be obedient to the death on the cross. The bottom line is that humility showed His love for the world.
What about you and me? Are we willing to show our love for others by being gracious and humble? Or is our main objective to be right and first in all things? Let’s take a step of faith to humble ourselves to serve and love on the people around us and put the atrocity of pride far away.
Today I want to encourage you to examine your heart and life for where you may have fallen into pride. Pride can be identified in the places that you feel you are better than others and look down on those who are less fortunate. Pride takes on many forms, so ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you and then be honest with yourself when He does and get rid of it. Begin today to love others even in their messes and share with them even in their sin. Follow the example of Jesus and become obedient to the plan for your life to insure that one day you will hear: This is my beloved child in whom I am well please! It is better to humble yourself than to be humiliated.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 15:16-20
16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison.
17 And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head,
18 and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.
20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.