Proud vs. Pride
Bible Character: Uzziah
What a great king Uzziah was. Faithful to God, producing as a king, and personally accomplishing so much as a great leader. He was very powerful. So…what happened?
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of the incense. 2 Chronicles 26: 16 NIV
How can leaders be proud, without being prideful?
Know the Difference
Pride is what someone has….Proud is what someone is.
Pride is a noun…a person, place or thing. Proud is an adjective…it describes, identifies, or quantifies.
When we start to feel pleasure that comes from our own personal achievements we’re flirting with pride. Arrogance is then usually close behind, and soon a person can feel superior to everyone else around them. We might know this by another word, vanity.
Being proud seems to have more dignity to it. Instead of focusing on ourselves we are happy to be a part of group, a team that accomplishes important things…together.
King Uzziah may have forgotten what helped him become great. When we begin to become unappreciative to God and those who surround us, self-centeredness, pride, and arrogance could soon become a part of our lives.
Be proud when the opportunity presents itself. Celebrating together is an important part of keeping ourselves healthy.
It was not in Uzziah’s role to burn incense in the temple, on the altar, but he thought he was powerful enough anyway. God exhibited a punishment on Uzziah by striking him with leprosy. He was forced to live in isolation for the rest of his life. Let’s be proud, but also guard ourselves from the temptation of personal pride.