Wednesday, Nov. 26
“Pride is a bad word.” I made this hasty little notation a few days ago and thought it was a nice little proverb. Pride is often considered the root of all sin. It is generally thought of as a negative trait. As I meditated on this, I could not come up with anything positive about the word. Strong’s concordance listed no reference that used the word in a positive sense. That’s the KJV, however. Then I accidentally came across a verse in the Bible that negated my neat little proverb. I found that the NIV does use the word in a few cases in a positive sense. Checking those same passages in the KJV I found words that were synonyms for the word “pride.” They are: rejoicing, glory or glorying, boasting, and exalted. Check it out. Gal. 6:4, 2 Cor. 5:12, 7:4, and 8:24, and James 1:9. I’m still going to take a little pride in coming up with this proverb because a proverb is not universally true. It represents what is normally true. And you can decide whether my pride is on the negative side or positive side.