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What Is The Pride Of Life

There are 3 main temptatations for sin, lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. I understand the first 2 completely. Can anyone explain the pride of life?

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When I see the term "Pride of Life" what I actually see is a life with a complete lack of humility, A complete lack of where one comes from and subsequently a denial that the only reason they exist is simply because they were created. We see this behavior all over the world these days. From leaders of nations who think it's perfectly fine to kill their own people, right down to the individual who thinks its ok to tare down his brother verbally. Along with this complete lack of humility comes an over abundance of pride in who people think they are while all along they forget they would not even exist if God had not created them.
---Richard_Lucier_Sr. on 3/26/11


Num 16:10 And he hath brought thee near [to him], and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye(Korah-Ref Jude 1:11) the priesthood also?
Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
---micha9344 on 2/22/11


The Pride Of Life is also being proud/ boastful of our lot(colour, gender, talents, achievements, intellect, inheritance etc) on this earth without acknowledging that we have received ALL by God's grace and help.
---Adetunji on 2/21/11


Maybe too it is the enjoyment of life without including God!? Without giving thanks, without realizing always it is all His Glory and confessing and giving thanks to God for all that is and He Is.. enjoyment without Righteousness in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, The Word, The Truth and The Light.. The Life!!
---kenny on 2/18/11


There is a progression here. "The lust of the flesh" means the inordinate desire for things in this life. This could be anything from the simple things such as food and a comfortable life to any worldly passion. "The lust of the eyes" concerns a longing for that which is beautiful, fine clothing, elegant houses, etc. "The pride of life" can mean an arrogant vain boasting in your accomplishments, or your things. Matthew 16:26, Romans 12:2, 16:18, 1Corinthians 2:14, Philippians 3:19, 4:6, James 4:1-10, 1Peter 1:14, 2:11, 1John 2:15-17, 4:5.
---Glenn on 8/9/10




Genesis 3:6, the pride of life basically means pursuing more and more wisdom. Sometimes people us what they know to control others, coax and persuade others to do things they want them to do. Or to show off and make people think they are better,stronger,smarter than others.More knowledgeable. Ugly and evil, indeed. A very ungodly and unholy attribute for a christian to have. Everyone we meet can share something with us and know something we do not know. That should be respected and not downgraded, just to make ourselves feel better or look more important.
---Robyn on 8/9/10


Pride of Life is a form of pride and idolatry where we consider the grace of God an accomplishment of our own. All you have to do is read the verse in context (roughly 1 John 2:15-17 but all vs.7-27 in greater context) to realize what John is talking about here: He's talking about taking the things that God has provided and relying on them more than God Himself. It's removing God from the picture, which is the highest form of pride, and also the same pride that led to Satan's fall. Like the infamous brother Lawrence said, (I paraphrase) all of my successes are God and all of my failures are me. To realize this is to overcome the pride of life
---Alex on 8/9/10


Pride of life is thinking of ourself equal to or more than God.
This is done in many ways:
1: thinking we are in control of our life
1: thinking we know more or betterthan God
3: thinking that we do not need God
4: thinking of ourself as better than Gods other created human being
and more
---francis on 5/22/10


lit.Gk: "Love not the world, neither the things in the world. If any person love the world, the love of the Father is not in that one: because all that in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the foolish exalting of life, is not of the Father, but is of the mundane. And the world passes away, and the lust of it: but one doing the will of God, on that lives without end." I John 2:15-17.
---Eloy on 5/22/10


Perhaps the "pride of life" refers to that self-ambitious/competitive spirit that first tempted the devil, and later Adam and Eve, to fall out of love with God. Right relationship with our Creator requires the humility to worship, trust, and obey the One Who created us. Pride of life wants to reverse that order, desiring "equal rights" with God including the power of self-rule and the glory that accompanies that power. Jesus' life and death shows us the antidote to the "pride of life." (See Phillipians 2 especially)
---gina on 5/21/10




The pride of life has to do with our personal desire for worship and praise. Lucifer became filled with pride and desired to be [WORSHIPED above God.] ie.... more popular, better liked,
Lucifer became a slave to the sin of ["The Pride Of Life"] now he has no choice except to obey... (sin is now Lucifer's master) Lucifer became Satan a rebell against God's authority. The pride of life is when we allow our desire for approval from people or even our own percieved need for self valadation, to become more important than God's approval/authority: "The pride of life is our declaration of independence from God. ie.... Darwinistic Evolution. It all boils down to ego.
---John on 2/26/10


I think that the pride of life asserts itself when we loose the biblical perspective of "our righteousness is as filthy rages"..."it is in Him that we live and move and have our being"..."our frame is dust"..."all we have gone astray"...In other words when we loose sight of the fact that we are the created and not the creator and that it is the creator that has the final say in any matter. Here is a poem I wrote:

"Spirit of original sin
Stalking through lives
and minds and souls of the living

Demanding to be satisfied
With blood and shame and regret
while demurely hiding its eyes

And in whispered voice
In tones of deference
proclaims "I am God"
---Paul on 7/30/09


Re: Pride of Life.
I have also had great diffiuclties in obtaining a decent definition. So far, I have come up with this: 1)Like the other lusts, it is a DRIVER for sin and not sin itself. 2)It is in and of the world (i.e. not of the Father). 3)There are many good examples of PRIDE in the bible. 4)It is not PRIDE.
Maybe if someone else looks at it the way I did, they can get it. The pride of life is a possesive term that can be re-translated LIFE'S PRIDE.
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
---Curtiss on 7/18/09


The Pride of life comes after the other lusts. After you have been attacked, either learned to deffend or allready been conquered by them... Now you are ripe and vulnerable to a new attack. As Man grows older he becomes reminiscent of accomplishments in youth and notariaty of former things. Things like Degrees, Pedigrees, Conections in high places mean allot... He also becomes vulnerable to "feeling his oats", The "pride of life" will make him swell up like an old Bull Frog, then with the sudden surge of adrenelin, he may momentarily feel younge again... lasting just long enough to get the old toad in allot of trouble... Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall.
---Mr_Maranatha on 6/28/09


Obsession with self, even if it's self-contempt, can be rooted in pride. As we humbly walk with God He frees us of thinking of ourselves - good or bad. Pride isn't just bragging. It's trusting in ourselves or our opinions instead of God. We may not talk like a braggard, but our level of obedience in things like hidden service of others, faithfulness in what we may think are "small" things and prayer - indicates whether we really think we know better than God. The small book "Humility" by Andrew Murray, a faithful servant greatly used of God in the 19th century, is a thorough Bible study on the subject - very eye opening - should be required reading of modern western Christian "ministers."
---Steve on 5/26/09


When the blind follow the blind, BOTH shall fall into the ditch and perish together...
YLBD
---Duane_Dudley_Martin_Jr. on 3/23/09


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Sometimes pride of life can come in a disguise. Sometimes if the road has been rocky, hard and gruelling, and by the grace of God, we survive, we might say to ourselves, I am tough, I am a survivor, I can get through etc. We might fail to recognise the journey that God has taken us on. We might not see how God has walked with us. We might not see that we are reaping of what we had sown. We may not have recognised the sin and repented. We simply just are grateful that we have survived the journey and now we are survivors, tougher or wiser. Yet the journey may have been about Gods outworking in us. Cleansing, restoring, and clearing away the debris. Hellena
---Hellena on 3/21/09


Actually I'm in danger of being prideful at this very moment. The percentage of obviously answered prayer has suddenly gotten very very high. And I'm tempted to believe that I'm doing something right rather than recognizing the fact that all prayer is initiated and answered by Almighty God.
---mima on 2/16/09


I was thinking: I don't see how men and women of God can get into pride, when Satan is always standing by to remind you just how ROTTEN you are! Still we have to guard against it, because Satan will slso take the other avenue and try to get you into thinking how great you are. I am telling you. You have to guard against stuff, and all the time, too.
---catherine on 2/15/09


Proud of everything you do, think, and say. Proud of who you are. [Be happy if you belong to Jesus and always brag on Him}. God hates the pridful look. so, watch out for your countenance.
---catherine on 2/15/09


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You are all very helpful, thank you very much.
---stephan on 2/15/09


"Can anyone explain the pride of life?"

Self-confident boasting concerning ones livelihood or that which one may perceive to be, or have been, their own accomplishments concerning or pertaining to their present state of existence. Usually associated with an arrogant sense of possessing financial security, great assets or worldly achievements.
---Josef on 10/1/08


I think its striving to,even going out the way to achive or obtain things or status for one to say I have done this I own that
---aston on 9/27/08


Eve bore the same nature that we do.She believed Gen 3:4, "Ye shall not surely die". She wanted the pride of being as gods knowing good and evil (v.5). Thats why so many religions push the immortal soul (which 2 words are not seen together in the bible). We are all subject to death. Dust to dust. It is only after judgement that Christ may accept us into his Father's kingdom and allow us to inherit everlasting life. That is a gift of God and not something we can earn or acquire on our own.
---Mark on 10/13/07


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The Biblical definition of pride is, arrogance, haughtiness, boasting, to inflate with self conceit and I know that God hates pride. The pride of life I believe is putting your trust in and boasting about your material possessions, as well as taking credit for everything that you have ever achieved in your life, looking down on others and thinking that you are something special when you are not. There are a lot of christians that all you hear them talk about is themselves, stealing the glory from God.
---Cynthia on 9/13/07


Pride of life means:taking too much pride in material things. Some people work long hours and neglect themselves,church, family to accumulate things to brag about and show out with. They never once think about blessing others with some of that money and material goods. They are usually greedy,mean and covetous people.
---Robyn on 9/13/07


I can give an example. My dad whom I love, is trying to buy a new SUV, not so bad. But it costs $67,000. payments will be around $800.00 a month. He boasts about it, and how much money he makes a month. He is a disabled Coal miner. I am not jealous because my Suv is paid off. the bible says that pride defiles a man. Mark 7:20-22. He has a prideful spirit. And he doesn't see it.

Moderator - Another example "I am not jealous because my Suv is paid off."
---Rebecca_D on 9/13/07


The pride of life is simply man taking credit for the blessings that God has given.
When we says look all that "I" have accomplished, do we not take the credit for the mind, the strength, and the insight that God given us. God is the giver of witty inventions. So all that we have and all that we are belong to God and in his infinite grace and mercy He used a vessel to delivere it to us. So can we the vessel be greater than the Author.
---Kathy_MCLaughlin on 3/10/07


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Jesus was tempted by Satan to prove he was the Son of God by casting himself down from the Temple. Satan was asking Jesus to use miraculous powers to prove his calling and relationship to the Father. It was a misuse of the miracles - Pride of Life [the other 2 temptations were lust of flesh,bread, and lust of eyes, glory]. The miracles were the Father's expression of compassion, not for Jesus to justify himself in the eyes of men... Do we seek God's blessing to prove to ourselves that God is on our side?
---jefferis on 4/21/06


The Amplified Bible describes the pride of life as: assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things -- trusting in things that do not come from the Father but are from the world itself. (1 John 2:16)

I believe it refers to anything that tends to promote pride.
---DoryLory on 12/7/05


Always thinking about what is good for ourselves. Everything has to meet to our standards, even Christians think that. Pride in our denomination is one of the worst for it takes many on the wrong path. Pride that God has to meet our standards are we won't follow them. We make God what we want Him to be. Pride that it us with our free will that chooses Christ because we are not robots as Eloy puts it. That He has to wait for us cause we have the last say. Not Him. That is pride
---Lupe2618 on 12/7/05


GUILTY; To me it means my pride, yes I really think I am somebody important, and I know GOD is not please by this pride.---mima 12/7/2005
---mima on 12/7/05


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Looks like some folks are proud of their humility.
---John on 12/6/05


I don't go around showing what I have and bragging that my vehicle is paid off. I thank God I don't have a payment. I don't gloat on things I have. He does.
---Rebecca_D on 12/5/05


enough about the suv already, lol! stick to the subject, what is the pride of life?
---eliza4969 on 12/5/05


Vanity, proud spirit, jealously.
---NVBarbara on 12/5/05


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"Sports Utility Vehicle"
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/5/05


Before I go any further on this could someone explain the meaning of SUV please?

Moderator - Type of truck.
---emg on 12/5/05




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