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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Pride is the Root of All Evil (Proverbs 16)

Have you ever considered the dangers of pride, who it originated with, what God thinks about it, and what it leads to?

Twenty years ago, Chip and I were in a Sunday night Bible Study and our pastor was teaching us about pride. I clearly remember him saying, "Pride is the root of all evil, the beginning of sin." He also pointed out that the center of SiN and PRiDE is "i."

I also remember disagreeing with him that night in that Bible study. My knee-jerk reaction was, "Is pride really the root of all evil?" "Is pride really always a bad thing?"

Of course my objection perfectly fed into his lesson as he began to teach us what the Bible says about pride. Obviously that lesson had a profound effect on me since I still remember it today, twenty years later. So what are the dangers of pride, who did it originate with, what does God think about it, and what does it lead to, according to God's Word?

Well according to God's Word, the danger of pride is:

  • Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

So that means when we allow ourselves to be prideful, we are headed for destruction.

Pride is looking in the mirror and thinking we are more important, better, than someone else.

Pride is looking in the mirror and thinking we are more attractive and therefore, more deserving, than someone else.

Pride is an excessive love of self which fails to acknowledge the good works of others.

Pride originated with Satan. It was the sin that destroyed Satan and caused him to be cast out of heaven:

  • Ezekiel 28:17 Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty.

  • Ezekiel 28:16 So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God.

  • Luke 10:18 then Jesus said, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven."

But Satan wasn't satisfied to be taken out by pride by himself. He wants everyone else to be taken out with him. He wants to destroy as many people as possible by encouraging all of us to also be filled with pride.

We saw this in the garden of Eden with Eve. We saw it when Satan tempted Jesus. And we see it still today as each of us has a tendency to allow Satan to tempt us with pride and think "I deserve .." or "I'm going to do what seems right in my own eyes."

But if we understand what God thinks of pride, we can recognize that it is never a good thing and always a danger to us:

  • Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. Be assured, he will not go unpunished.

Dear Lord, Looking back now I can't believe I disagreed with Pastor Fred twenty years ago about the dangers of pride. I can't believe how long it took me to think it through and understand that pride truly is the root of all evil, the beginning of sin. And Lord, most importantly, I can't believe how long it took me to look at Scripture and understand how You feel about pride.

But Lord, now that I do understand, now that You have opened my eyes, I ask for Your protection from pride. Please guard my heart and make me humble. Please prevent me from ever lifting myself up so that I am truly shining Your light, lifting Jesus up, and sharing Your love with others.

In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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Jul 18, 2022

I now completely understand pride. Thank You !!

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