You’ve probably heard the expression, “Pride goes before a fall!” Actually Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Throughout Scripture we are told about the consequences of pride. Better to be a humble spirit than to share chaos and destruction with the proud.” Satan was cast out of heaven because of pride (Isaiah 14:12-15). He had the selfish audacity to attempt to replace God Himself as the rightful ruler of the universe. But Satan will be cast down to hell in the final judgment of God. For those who rise up in defiance against God, there is nothing ahead but disaster (Isaiah 14:22).
Pride has kept many people from accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. Admitting sin and acknowledging that in our own strength we can do nothing to inherit eternal life is a constant stumbling block for prideful people. We are not to brag about ourselves; if we want to boast, then we are to proclaim the glories of God. What we say about ourselves means nothing in God’s work. It is what God says about us that makes the difference (2 Corinthians 10:18).
Why is pride so sinful? Pride is giving ourselves the credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone and keeping it for ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship. Anything we accomplish in this world would not have been possible were it not for God allowing us to accomplish it. “What do we have that we did not receive? And if we received it, why do we boast as though we did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). That is why we give God the glory—He alone deserves it.