As always, certain members of society take the Christian Bible and pervert it for their own ends, Pride is one of these. The bible doesn't say that 'pride' is a sin. It says that excessive pride (read: arrogance) is a sin.
Let's take a look at the definition of Pride:
- a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
- the state or feeling of being proud.
- a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.
pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself:
- something that causes a person or persons to be proud:
His art collection was the pride of the family.
- the best of a group, class, society, etc.:
This bull is the pride of the herd.
- the most flourishing state or period:
in the pride of adulthood.
Just like gays took the Christian symbol of the rainbow and perverted it, ((they)) took pride the one redeeming virtue of Western Civilization and perverted it. The bible has a plethora of comments of building and fostering self-esteem and confidence through the nourishment of the Lord God
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (NIV)
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. (NIV)
You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this, I have no doubt. (CEV)
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. (ESV)
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. (KJV)
I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me. (CEV)
1 Corinthians 2:3-5
I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. (NLT)
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (NKJV)
Knowing Who We Are in Christ Guides Us on God's Path
When we're looking for direction, it helps to know who we are in Christ. With this knowledge, God gives us the self-assurance we need to walk the path he has provided for us.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (NASB)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (NLT)
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (NLT)
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (NLT)
And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (NASB)
Being Self-Confident in Faith
As we grow in faith, our confidence in God grows. He is always there for us. He is our strength, our shield, our helper. Growing closer to God means growing more confident in our beliefs.
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (NIV)
Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war breaks out against me, even then I will be confident. (NIV)
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go. (NLT)
1 John 4:18
Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (NLT)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV)
2 Timothy 2:1
Timothy, my child, Christ Jesus is kind, and you must let him make you strong. (CEV)
2 Timothy 1:12
That’s why I am suffering now. But I am not ashamed! I know the one I have faith in, and I am sure that he can guard until the last day what he has trusted me with. (CEV)
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)