Humility is described both in the Bible and in the dictionary as the lack of pride. God makes it very clear in dozens of verses in His Word that He favors the humble over the proud and that pride is indeed sinful (Proverbs 11:2, Isaiah 4:12, James 4:6 and many others); in fact, in Proverbs 11:2, God tells us that humility leads to wisdom.
So where does that leave us? Many of you may be able to relate to this – I am involved in a charity that helps the neediest people in my community. Since I have been doing this and people have become aware of it, I hear all the time how wonderful what I’m doing is and that more people should be like me, which I really appreciate and I don’t want to seem ungrateful for those kind words – it does feel very good to hear those things. The thing that I struggle daily with is whether I am doing this out of gratitude for what God has done for me and out of obedience to His commands or am I really doing it because people think better of me for it. Is it because it feeds my ego (pride)? Most of the time, I feel like it is.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, true humility will come only through our conversations with God (prayer and the reading of His Word) and unblemished obedience to His command to serve Him by serving others. As for me, I’m still working on that. What about you?
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