Where in the Bible is it said to “take pride in your work”?
Holman’s Bible Dictionary, “Pride”.
Undue confidence in and attention to one’s own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions, or position. Pride is easier to recognize than to define, easier to recognize in others than in oneself. Many biblical words describe this concept, each with its own emphasis. Some of the synonyms for pride include arrogance, presumption, conceit, self-satisfaction, boasting, and high-mindedness. It is the opposite of humility, the proper attitude one should have in relation to God. Pride is rebellion against God because it attributes to self the honor and glory due to God alone. Proud persons do not think it necessary to ask forgiveness because they do not admit their sinful condition. This attitude toward God finds expression in one’s attitude toward others, often causing people to have a low estimate of the ability and worth of others and therefore to treat them with either contempt or cruelty. Some have considered pride to be the root and essence of sin. Others consider it to be sin in its final form. In either case, it is a grievous sin. “Boasting” can be committed only in the presence of other persons (1 John 2:16; James 4:16 ). “Haughtiness” or “arrogance” measures self as above others (Mark 7:23; Luke 1:51; Romans 1:30; 2 Timothy 3:2;James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5 ). This word refers primarily to the attitude of one’s heart. 1 Timothy 3:6; 1 Timothy 6:4; and 2 Timothy 3:4 use a word literally meaning “to wrap in smoke.” It emphasizes the plight of the one who has been blinded by personal pride.
Who do we work for and what is our motivation? Mt 5:16; Eph 6:7
Pride is deadly, Pro. 16:18; King David of Israel got proud and it did great harm; King Herod got proud and God killed him, Acts 12:21.
Warnings against pride, Mt 23:12; James 4:6,7; 1 Pt 5:5,6
The humble mind towards self and others, Rom 12:3,16
Moses was the meekest man on earth, Numbers 12:3 “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.”; See also Matthew 5:3ff
Where is the passage of Scripture that says, “Blessed are the proud, who take pride in the works of their hands, who take pride in themselves”? Malachi 3:15 gives a warning to those who called the prideful blessed. It’s just the opposite.
If you don’t have God and nothing to hope in, then pride in yourself is all you have. “10 All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. 11 Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.” Eccl 2:10,11
Boasting not in self, but in God, Jeremiah 9:23; Gal. 6:14
So is there any occasion for a Christian to “take pride” in anything he’s done? A Christian explained it this way:
“What most people MEAN when they say, “Take pride in your work,” is not that someone ought to become prideful about their work, nor are they encouraging someone to become competitive in nature. They simply mean, “Make doing your best a matter of personal integrity so that you may know with a peaceful confidence you did your work as well as you possibly could, and carry a clear conscience in the matter.” THAT, is most certainly a biblical doctrine put into practice: ’23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.'” Col. 3:23,24″

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