The Problem with Pride

THEME

Love is not proud (1 Corinthians 13: 4).

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 16:18

If you are proud, you will be destroyed. If you are proud, you will fall.

NOTES

Pride takes many forms. Sometimes we assume that we know more about something than someone else—even when we don’t. Sometimes we assume a role or position that we aren’t entitled to. Sometimes we judge people and make assumptions based on nothing but our own sense of being better than or knowing more than someone else. Sometimes we even act as if we are God, ruling our own lives rather than acknowledging our dependence on God for all things. The Bible has many examples of this. I think of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4: 28-37) and Herod (Acts 12: 19-23). These are just two examples, but they show how seriously God takes those who are so proud that they claim God’s prerogatives

One thing that pride does is prevent us from loving God and our neighbor. We are so preoccupied with protecting our perceived position and prerogatives that we do not serve our neighbors. Once when Jesus’ disciples were arguing about who was the greatest, Jesus corrected their pride by telling them, “Anyone who wants to be first, must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9: 35).” And then Jesus set aside his position and prerogatives to wash his disciples feet (a servant’s job) and die on a cross even though he was innocent (see John 13: 1-17 and Philippians 2: 5-11).

It is good for all of us to regularly take a pride check. Am I thinking more highly of myself than I ought to? Am I judging people who I have no right to judge? God forgive me for my pride and help me to love others as much (or more) as I love myself.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What makes Liz think he can be a rock star?
A. He wins the school talent contest.

Q. Who is his favorite music personality?
A. Carter J.

Q. Who is Lucille’s new friend?
A. Goldie.

Q. What does Liz do when Goldie tells them that Carter is her brother?
A. He doesn’t believe her and misses his chance to go to Carter J’s concert.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.

Why is pride so offensive to God?

A.

Pride causes us to assume the place of God, deny our dependence on God and others, and to evaluate things as to how they will affect us, not how they will serve our neighbor. Pride makes compassion, love, humility, and service difficult, if not impossible. Pride wants to take God’s place as the leader, dependent on no one. Humility depends on God for all things and looks for ways to serve God and our neighbor, fulfilling the great commandment (Matthew 22: 36-39).


SO WHAT?

Think about your interactions with friends and family this week. Were there any times that you acted out of pride instead of love? How will you change this tomorrow?