Humility Versus Pride

“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
(Philippians 2:3 MSG)

Pride blocks God out. Humility invites Him to come and help. Pride builds walls between people. Humility builds bridges.

Whenever we decide that someone has offended us, we are essentially deciding that we are superior to that person. Pride gets on its high horse. It erects a protective barrier with the thought that the culprit won’t get inside our defences so easily next time. Pride turns its back and sulks away.

But humility steps forward, open handed, and moves towards the person, builds the bridge, seeks to understand and to offer grace.

One of the quickest routes into darkness is pride, offence and a sense of entitlement. The quickest route to receiving God’s help is humility and surrender, which leads to His peace and joy.

"Don’t let a world of perpetually offended people cause offense to easily rise in you. But fly high above it! Life is better when you easily forgive and easily forget." Sean Feucht

One of the greatest weapons we have against pride is thankfulness. Thanksgiving to God in all circumstances and for all people is a good place to start (1 Thes 5:18, 1 Tim 2:1). The Bible commands us to give thanks to God. Why? Because if we are not thanking God, then we are not trusting Him. We have become bogged down with self-entitlement.

Thanksgiving is the key which releases us from the claustrophobic confines of pride and offence into the spacious place of God’s grace and freedom.

The truth is, we have no real rights. Every breath we breathe is a gift from God. Sometimes we become frustrated when things don’t go our way, but the only way forward is to acknowledge, “You are God, I’m your child. You’re the Potter, I’m the clay.”

“When a man thinks he has got a good deal of strength, and is self-confident, you may look for his downfall. It may be years before it comes to light, but it is already commenced.” (D.L. Moody)

Today God is calling you and I to relinquish our thirst for control and to choose to trust Him in the “midst of our mystery”. We have to give up our right to be right if we want to experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.

This article is an extract from 

God Hunger: Meditations from a life of longing


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