Bible Study Outline on Pride

What is Pride?

Pride is a proud feeling over your achievements. There are two different kinds of pride including good pride and bad pride. Pride is evil when you are proud of something that is not in God’s will. An example of bad pride is that you are proud of your high position in the company and you look down on others.


Good pride is being proud of something that is God’s will. For example, you can be proud of someone who is doing God’s will. When you are not doing God’s will, you can take pride on the physical things of life, which is not God wants because this is worldliness. Bad pride is not from God.


The most important commandment of God is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love others as much as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). In 1 Corinthians 13:4, love is patient and kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. If you love people, you will always be humble and not want to show off to them.


No one can be saved unless he humbled himself down and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and repent from his sins. Someone who is proud will not acknowledge his sins and repent so he cannot be saved.


God Hates Proud People


God hates people who are not proud in him but proud of the physical things of the world. In Proverbs 16:5, everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to God and he shall not be unpunished. God always exalt those who are humble. In Galatians 6:3, a man ought not to think himself to be something when he is nothing because he is deceiving himself. Pride brings about the downfall of a man but humility brings honor (Proverbs 11:2; Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 18:12; Proverbs 29:23).



When you are proud, you will overlook your sin and think that there is nothing wrong with your sin. In Proverbs 26:12, more hope for a fool is for a man who is wise in his own eyes. In Proverbs 27:2, let another person praise you instead of yourself. When you are humble, you will see your fault and admit it and repent from it. In 1 John 1:8-10, if you claim to be without sin, you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you. God is faithful and he will forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness when we confess our sins.



Luke 18:9-14 is a parable about a Pharisee and tax collector. A Pharisee and tax collector both go to the temple to pray. The Pharisee justified himself that he is not a sinner like the tax collector and he fast twice a week and give 10% of his income. The tax collector dare not even look up to heaven but he beat his breast and asked God to forgive him because he is also a sinner. Jesus said that the tax collector will go back to his house justified before God because everyone who exalts himself will be abased and he who humbled himself will be exalted.



In the parable, the Pharisee was proud. He exalted himself and justified his self righteousness. Everyone is a sinner so you cannot rebuke and scorn someone just because you are a better person. In Romans 3:23, all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. In Ecclesiastes 7:20, there is not a just man who do good and does not sin. In 2 Chronicles 6:36, there is no one who does not sin. Our sins are forgiven because of God’s grace that is poured out towards us (Ephesians 1:7).


How to Deal with Pride?


Pride is no good. You should take some time to think how you have been proud in the past and confess every single sin to God. In Romans 12:16, we should be of the same mind toward one another. We should not mind high things but condescend to men of low state. We should not be wise in our own conceits. In 1 John 2:15-17, we should not love the world or the things of this world. Anyone who love the world does not have the love of the Father in him. The cravings of man, the lust of his eyes, the boasting of what he has does not come from the Father, but from the world.


In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, in the last days, people will be self centered. They will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power.


In whatever situation you face, you must not trust in your own strength but depend on God (Psalm 62:7; Exodus 33:21; Psalm 3:3; Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 26:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 61:3; Psalm 85:9; Jeremiah 3:23). God is the one who gives us all things so we must thank him for everything we have. You should discuss all your problems to God and let him help you instead of relying on your own wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-6).