Shane Idleman wrote a brief (but interesting) commentary on Humility that I thought would be worth sharing a portion:
The term, “a prideful Christian,” should be an oxymoron, yet all of us struggle with pride. C. J. Mahaney, in his book, Humility: True Greatness, writes, “If I met someone presuming to have something to say about humility, automatically I’d think him unqualified to speak on the subject.” Mahaney continues, “I’m a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God. I don’t write as an authority on humility; I write as a fellow pilgrim walking with you on the path set for us by our humble Savior.”
Humility is a slippery slope because it must be sought, yet, at the same time, it can never truly be caught. As the old adage goes, “If you think that you’re humble, you’re probably not.”
Why does God require humility and hate pride? Pride opposes God. Pride refuses dependence upon God. Pride is the deadliest of all sin because it is the root of all sin. Consider these verses: Proverbs 18:12, “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 25:9, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” Proverbs 26:12, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool.”
We all sin and fall short . . . no one is innocent. Humility recognizes that we are fallible human beings who have sinned against God. Humility is the by-product of a transformed life. Genuine faith also believes in the ongoing grace of God to forgive and restore. Take this opportunity to turn from the deception of cultural trends and worthless gods, and turn to the one true and living God.
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