Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

The older generation would often tell the younger generation to have some pride in their appearance or pride when performing a certain task. Is pride really what we want to instill in the next generation when the Word of God clearly says, pride comes before destruction?  

Pride is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. By instilling the true definition of pride into the next generation, we contaminate the wisdom of God. If someone would tell a person to have pride in their appearance, that person may believe they have to always appear “successful.” They may feel like they need to have the nicest clothes, car, house, etc. This mentality could lead a person into bondage to people and at the same time, maintain a reputation for themselves. This goes against the wisdom of God because we’ve been freed from bondage; and Jesus, our example, instructed us to not make a reputation for ourselves (Philippians 2:7; Galatians 5:1). 

If someone told us to have pride in our tasks, once again, we may place ourselves in bondage to people, feeling we have to perform up to their standards. Secondly, we position ourselves to compare our efforts with someone else which is unwise according to 2 Corinthians 10:12.

The older generation should tell the younger generation to have some dignity. Dignity is the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect. When we look our best and perform our best with the mentality of dignity, then we honor God. Remove pride because it’s the prerequisite of all sorts of issues in our lives.