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Grace to the Humble

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“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” ~James 4:6

Do you know that having humility just means that you are teachable? It was years before I understood that definition. I would hear people praying for humility and it struck a chord of fear in me. I associated humility with poverty. Dumb, I know…not sure where that connotation came from. This verse in James shows us that humility is the opposite of pride.

We all recognize pride when we see it - I’m talking about self-inflation, arrogance, boastfulness. We can be proud of something if we acknowledge that God is the source. When we attribute success to ourselves, it becomes something God opposes. Ouch.

Humility should be hidden - it doesn’t need to broadcast itself. Humility does not know more than the teacher; it is open-minded and willing to learn. Paul describes it well in his letters to the Philippians and Corinthians:

Php 2:3  Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.

1Cor 10:24  None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.

Father, let us be humble and squelch our pride. Teach us to put others first. Draw us near as You drawn near to us. Amen


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