When the Holy Spirit taught me about the life of a saint, He showed me that you cannot have holiness without humility.
When it comes to the nature of God, you will notice that holiness works in complete harmony with humility and the fear of the Lord. In fact, whenever I teach on holiness, I also teach on these other divine attributes as well.
King Solomon wrote:
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13 NKJV).
God hates pride. Arrogance, the evil way and the perverse mouth all come from pride. It clashes directly with the heart and nature if God!
Years ago the Holy Spirit taught me that there are three kinds of believers that please God the most: those who are quick to repent, quick to forgive, and quick to obey. Pride does none of those things!
First, pride is quick to make excuses for sin. It is also quick to blame others for its mistakes. Humility, on the other hand, is quick to say, “I was wrong. I am sorry for what I did.” Humility is quick to repent!
Second, pride is slow to forgive. It holds on to bitterness and resentment. In direct contrast, humility isn’t easily offended, and it is quick to forgive and overlook a wrong.
Third, pride is slow to obey God. It thinks it knows best what to do. It often says, “No can tell me how to live my life.” But humility is just the opposite. It looks to God for wisdom and guidance. It is also quick to do everything God says, whether in the written word of the Bible, or the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit inside.
Humility is a lot like love!
If you look at the Love Chapter of the Bible, you will be amazed how much love has in common with humility. Look at the following words of the Apostle Paul:
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NKJV).
Pride clashes directly with love. It is often impatient with people. It is envious and jealous of others. It is boastful and loves to parade its accomplishments. It is often rude, and wants its own way. It is easily provoked and it looks down on others. Pride is the opposite of love!
Love is the very heart of humility. When you walk in love toward others, you automatically walk in humility. They work in perfect harmony with one another. They are both part of God’s divine nature!
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]