|If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up. 1Peter 5:6. TLB|
Every child of God has the ability to be humble because humility (gentleness, meekness) is part of the fruit of the Spirit of Christ in you. Humility is a virtue that pleases God. It is freedom from pride and arrogance, lowliness of mind and a modest estimation of one’s worth. On the contrary, pride is a disdainful behavior, an overestimation of oneself and abilities. Those who are arrogant are often in contempt of others. Their unreasonable sense of superiority compels them to think of others as worthless. The blessings of humility are as numerous as the consequences of pride.
God resists the proud and gives more grace to the humble. The life of the humble is furnished with increased abilities. God empowers the meek to accomplish more while the prideful is resisted by God Himself. Pride sets a person against God. God prevents those who are prideful from excelling because He knows they will use their success against others. Proverbs 15:33 says, “before honor is humility.” Humility attracts honor while pride invites shame and humiliation. Allow the virtue of humility to reflect in your dealings with others. Walking in humility honors God, it portrays you as a true ambassador of Christ. It is Christ-like to be humble.
Like Nebuchadnezzar, many prideful people suffer avoidable losses and get into all kinds of trouble both with men and God. King Nebuchadnezzar was demoted and shamefully driven out of his kingdom to dwell with the beasts of the field and was made to eat grass like animals. Daniel 4:31 says, “while the word (of pride) was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!” He lost his kingdom and was thoroughly humiliated as a punishment for his pride. Don’t wait until you are disgraced or demoted before you let go of pride.
Humility helps you retain honor. It challenges you to increase learning. Arrogant fellows are empty headed and rebellious. They usually assume they know it all until they are faced with a situation that unveils their emptiness. Pride has ruined and it is still destroying many relationships. Ephesians 5:21 says, “Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Submission and humility are closely related. If you are humble submissiveness will naturally be a part of you. Both men and women are admonished to be submissive. It’s for the good of your relationships. It pays to be humble while it is absolutely destructive to be prideful. God is able to restore all that pride stole from you once you decide to cloth yourself with humility and live in a way that glorifies God.
PRAYER: Thank You Father for the fruit of humility in me, I live righteously void of pride and arrogance in Jesus’ name, amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 23:12, Daniel: 4-37.