At times, pride is good. Coaches may tell their teams – have some pride. After someone accomplishes something, someone may say “you should be proud if yourself.”
But pride can keep us from learning new things or making changes. And when that happens, pride is not good.
In II Kings 5, there is a story about a man named Naaman. Naaman was a proud warrior but, he had leprosy. He was sent to Israel to see Elisha the prophet hoping he could be cleansed of his leprosy. He thought Elisha would do something grand & miraculous to heal him. Instead, Elisha told him to dip seven times in the river Jordan. This made Naaman angry and he almost left. But some of his aides spoke to him and Naaman changed his mind.
Naaman almost missed an opportunity to be healed because of his pride.
The same can happen with us. Our pride can keep us from admitting we need to change or, that we have been wrong. Back in the early 70’s, Richard Nixon resigned as President. Many believed if he had simply admitted he made a mistake the American people would forgive him but he wouldn’t do it and he resigned. His pride wouldn’t let him admit he was wrong.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Be willing to learn. Be willing to admit a mistake. Don’t let pride bring you down.