This might be a long question. Hope everyone can bear with it.
The dictionary word for pride is “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.”
Basically the worldly definition of pride is some sort of feeling derived from self achievements or from someone closely related. And the Bible definition is “the feeling above derived without seeking God”.
The first question of pride is what form of pride is considered pride? Many people even bible teachers felt it’s OK to “Take Pride” in self. National Pride, Race Pride, Religious Pride, Family/Clan/Tribal Pride, etc. Isn’t that Pride as well? Whenever there’s a recognition ceremony and you are being called up to take the award, isn’t that Pride as well? Or your children gets first placement in exams and your children went up the stage, isn’t that Pride as well for your children and yourself? There are even more examples where we feel the pride of achievements of having completed a job/mission with team mates, those are Pride too right? People come and congratulate us for the success achieve, we shake hands instead of showing scorn or arrogance in ignoring the handshake. But the handshaking itself is a feeling of Pride, or are we to say that we don’t deserve the handshake and shouldn’t not be in such ceremony in the first place. Pride is a feeling not an action. The action would be Boasting while the behavior/attitude would be Arrogant. So is all forms of Pride the same and sinful? If all Pride is a sin, then we should not be standing for the National Anthem singing with a face and voice full of Pride. However in Galatians 6:4 “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else”. The Bible ask to “Take Pride in ourselves without comparing to others”. And yet the Proverbs 8:13 “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech”. So again we are back to Pride is still a sin.
Now the second part of the question, why is Pride sinful? It was Pride which led Lucifer’s downfall into Satan. Bible verses Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”. On contrast for God declare in Job 41 “who could do those things other than himself”, that’s a huge sense of Pride in there. When Jesus declare in John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And yet while Christians declare that we have the One True God and The Resurrection of Christ was the uniqueness that no other religion possessed, we call it Truth, others call us Arrogant and Prideful. So is telling the Truth is considered a sinless Pride. If so then why is it wrong/sinful to tell out the truth of our own achievements without being Arrogant in it like the handshaking example above. It is actually considered a courtesy to shake hands with people who congratulate you. Now I want to look at if Pride is sin then why does God have them himself? What I mean is How could a God that hates Pride and Arrogant and yet have them himself? Does it mean that Pride itself is considered to be equal of God status? And that any man that has Pride is considering himself/herself as God? John 15:5 " “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
If all Pride is a feeling derived from self glorified is sin, then how about those Pride derived from from God. Or rather does glorying God is a feeling of Pride? Bringing the Good News or Apologetics comparison to others are considered sinless Pride?