30th September 2017

Pride Versus Humility

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
Proverbs 16:18-19 (NKJV)

Pride versus humility—two extremes. The first, pride: God hates pride but He loves humility. God has repeated the warning to the proud in His word. “But He gives more grace, therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:6, 10). Again we read, “’God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:5-6). Even the worldly wisdom declares that pride goes before the fall. There are many examples in the Bible where the proud have fallen and the humble have been exalted. A prime example of this fall is Lucifer. He was created perfect in wisdom and beauty, but through his pride and vanity, he lost his position of ‘Light Bringer’. Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above God Almighty, but his pride brought him to the lower depth of the pit (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Now let us look at the perfect example of humility. Jesus Christ, by whom all things were created, humbled Himself and took the form of a servant, as a mere human being. He gave up all the power and insignia of Royalty and left the eternal Glory behind. He finished the work of a Saviour by giving His life on the cross, going through the most excruciatingly painful death and humiliation, crowned with the crown of thorns and spat upon, enduring it all to secure redemption for all mankind (Philippians 2:5-8). Verses 9-11 go on to say, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The lesson for us all is to humble ourselves before God, to be meek and lowly as His Son, so that He will also exalt us to sit with His Son in His Kingdom. I must confess, there is lot of pride lurking in my heart and God knows what is in my heart, for He searches the heart, as it says in Jeremiah 17:9-10. That is why I must take up the yoke of our Saviour to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with meekness and a trembling heart. There are vital lessons for us all to learn from the Example of Lucifer who lost his position of a Light Bringer through his pride; and from the humility our Saviour who is exalted to sit on His Father’s throne.

Prayer
Our loving Father, I thank You for Your love for mankind in sending Jesus to save us from our fallen state. You are worthy to be worshipped. I thank and praise You in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

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