“There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility. ”
– Benjamin Franklin
Pride is much easier to spot in others than in ourselves. It may look attractive to the proud but pride comes from a place of insecurity and obsession with self. Pride will make you think: I deserve and earned this … at least I’m not like them … am I keeping up appearances … can I be honest about myself? During this quarantine, everyone is confined and If we do not live in humility, pride may have its destructive way in us.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said that those who are the lowest are actually the highest in His kingdom. When God says he wants us to be ‘poor in spirit’ he is actually asking us to be ‘humble’ in spirit. Humility means being of low estate and seeing others as higher than yourself, the word literally meaning “to level a mountain or a hill.” Humble people are those who have no hills sticking up and are not filled up with arrogance. Humility is like the antidote for selfish pride and is the path to get us out of the trap that pride has put us into.
Being humbled can come in a couple of varieties: the involuntary or the self-imposed.
Many times we have heard about politicians, business leaders, or celebrities that have been publicly humbled by their own poor choices but now by no fault of our own, the whole world has been humbled. It has been humbling for most to be stuck inside for such long periods of time. My fear is that we may lose the lessons in humility learned when things get back to life as usual. If humility is self-imposed than these lessons will be lasting, eternal, and produce gratitude.
1 Peter 5:5-6
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
I pray we choose to humble ourselves before we are made to be humbled. Humility is the conviction of sin. God opposes those who walk in pride and we cannot be filled until being first emptied. Jesus exemplified this in that he was a servant leader and was emptied in order to be filled again. I am humbled to think about God’s wrath against sin and the knowledge that nothing can separate me from His love. It makes me want to resign the full weight of my pride and sin and clothe myself in the humility that God has demonstrated.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
I thank the Lord that I am not meant to be a perfecter of humility but to be a pursuer of it. God desires us to confess our pride and walk humbly with Him.
– Pastor Josh