When it come to humility, it is just as important to know how to recognize pride, as it is to know how to walk in humility.
God hates pride, as you can see in the words of Solomon, when he wrote:
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13 NKJV)
In this passage of Scripture, arrogance, the evil way and the perverse mouth all come from pride. In fact, there are many things that come from pride, such as:
Anger often comes from pride; impatience often comes from pride; name-calling often comes from pride; jealousy and envy come from pride; strife comes from pride; bitterness and resentment come from pride; a judgmental spirit comes from pride. And, as you will see in my next post, self-righteousness ALWAYS comes from pride!
When it comes to pride, the Apostle James wrote:
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 NKJV)
If you want the grace and favor of God to shine upon your life, then you really want to learn how to keep pride under your feet, and walk in humility at all times. How can you do that? Once again, the Apostle Peter gave you the solution, when he wrote:
“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, and He will exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6 NKJV)
Now it may surprise you to know that there is a healthy form of pride. You can be proud of your children for their accomplishments. You can have pride of ownership, and keep your house in good condition. You can have pride in your work, and provide a good service or a good product.
You may then ask: When does healthy pride become UNHEALTHY, so that it becomes sin in God’s sight?
The answer is: When you exalt yourself over others, and consider yourself as better or more important than others.
Jesus addressed pride when He said:
“For he who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11 NKJV)
The key then to defeat pride is to never exalt yourself over others, and look down upon them, but to always be quick to humble yourself, before God and before those around you.
Finally, there are three kinds of believers who please God the most: Those who are quick to repent, those who are quick to forgive, and those who are quick to obey.
Let me ask you a question: Is pride quick to repent?
No, pride makes excuses for sin, or tries to justify itself, or it tries to blame others for its failures. Do you remember when Adam said to God, “The woman whom YOU gave to be with me, SHE gave me of the tree, and I ate.”. Adam blamed both God and his wife for his sin. As you can see, pride is slow to repent!
Let me ask you another question: Is pride quick to forgive?
No, pride is slow to forgive. It holds bitterness and resentment against others.
Finally, is pride quick to obey?
No, pride thinks it knows better than God how to do things. It always seeks to go its own way, and it is quick to say, “It’s my life, and no one can tell me how to live it!” Pride is always slow to obey.
Now you can understand better why God hates pride. And you can also understand why God loves humility.
If you truly want to live a holy life before God, you must always walk in humility and learn to humble yourself.
You are holy!
In my next post, we will look at the question: “What Is Self-Righteousness?”
This week my post is dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and died on the cross for our sins. He was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day. He is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. In Him we have eternal life, and we are now His holy sons and daughters.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all that You have done for us!
[All quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]