Humility vs Pride

This is WEEK 25 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Fairest and best adorned is she whose clothing is humility. -
 James Montgomery

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. – Rick Warren

Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.  ~Peter Marshall

 Humility means:
1. freedom from pride and arrogance

2.having a modest estimate of one’s own worth

Synonyms for Humility:  meekness, modesty, servility, submissive
Antonyms for Humility: arrogance, superiority, disdain, pride

What The Bible  Says About Humility:
2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Examples from the Bible:
God chose humility as a lesson for the Isrealites in the Wilderness: 
Deuteronomy 8:2-3
Ahab: 
1 Kings 21:29
John the Baptist:
Mark 1:7
Paul:
2 Cor 10:1


The Example of Jesus to Us”
Zechariah 9:9 
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey,  on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Personal Thoughts and Applications:
Maybe it’s because I am reading the book The Harbinger, but my thoughts this week regarding humility vs pride are centered on our nation.  As I look at the painting above of George Washington praying in humility and seeking God’s direction, I can’t help but think how far removed from that kind of dependency our national leaders have become.  How did it become that way?  Well, the answer is WE THE PEOPLE allowed it to change.  As time passed, and each successive generation failed to teach their children to respect and depend on God, these children took the places of government leadership, and they in turn did the same with their children.  Today, God is only mocked….He has been taken out of our schools, our public places, and our national decisions, while vile things have been allowed to take His place, and have been pushed into our culture under the appeal of “Tolerance”.  We, as a Christian force should be humbling ourselves and teaching the current generation the importance of turning back to God, and understanding that our nation ceases to be blessed if we do not acknowledge Him.  Our nation does not need the prideful boasts that “WE” will overcome, but the humbling pleas that God will forgive, be merciful, and restore His favor to this nation.


PRAYER FOR YOU
: May you take a close look at how dependent or independent of God your daily life has become.  May you realize your utter need for Him in ALL aspects of your life, and may you humble yourself to seek His forgiveness and direction.  May you put away all pride and selfish ambition and focus on being a tool He can use for his purposes and glory….a humbled servant, His beloved.

Additional Reading:
Pride vs Humility  http://biblicalcounselinginsights.com/attitudes-and-behaviors/pride-vs-humility/

Pride vs Humility in Marriage  http://www.crossway.org/blog/2011/02/pride-vs-humility-in-marriage/

Humility vs Pride  http://www.stfonline.org/pdf/sower/jul_aug2010_high.pdf



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As a Christian, to live the abundant life, we all need a lot of grace and grit... LIVING LIFE AND LUV'N IT...as God's Child, Wife, Mother, Physical Therapist, Fitness Enthusiast, Avid Book And Blog Reader, and fan of Lighthearted Humor and Fun “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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