“But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
“Humble yourselves before the Load, and He will lift you up.”
James 4:6 & 10
Humility can easily be a trait that naturally eludes the inward spirit and nature of people. In itself it is such a basic characteristic and yet it can often be one that we fight the most to abide by. Yet when we see verses like these, among others, we see how much God loves us showing this (and what we seek to gain from it ) in our Christian walk.
In order for me to understand what it really meant to be humble, I had to look at the characteristic that is directly opposite. What does it mean to be proud and what gives us this sense of pride? Usually, in my own life, I look at achievements or stature that have been gained and it gives me an almost “righteous” sense about me achieving them. We have to understand here that reaching these is not necessarily a bad thing. Achievements, stature, accomplishments and triumphs are a wonderful blessing in our life, as long as we are giving the glory to God for allowing us realize them. The pride part can get in the way when we use them to put ourselves above others or believe that we reached this blessing or place all on our own.
It can become extremely easy to grow proud without even realizing it. We see the faults and labors of others and grow prideful of “where we’re at” compared to them. Instead I feel like we all need to strive to understand that no matter the circumstances in our lives we are all brothers and sisters in the one true God. Circumstances among people can be very different based on where people are in their personal walk with God. There is no way or reason I should ever put myself above another based solely on that fact.
I truly want to set my prideful ways aside and be humble. I want to be humble to the Lord as he commands so that I might be lifted up, but I also want to be humble to those around me. I feel like by doing this I have the ability to show others His love and give them the understanding of being on this walk towards Him and in Him that we are all going through.
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