Do you struggle with pride?
There are areas in a Christian's life where pride might try to creep in. It is wise to read the Bible verses and refresh ourselves on how to be humble.
Our pastor recently said this about temptation of sin-- "Always assume weakness." We truly need to guard ourselves from the sin of pride for there are many stories of the Bible we can learn from to avoid it.
One of the ways to keep from being prideful is giving credit where it is due. For example, when someone compliments you on something that you have done, you can tell them that it is because God helped you and that He is kind. Look for opportunities to do this so we can exalt Him and not ourselves. I missed the chance to do this the other day and I want to get back to doing it!
Whenever I see humility it truly stands out as a light in the darkness. Think of the most humble person you know and what made them come to mind. Pray to God to help you to become more humble. God is working on this in my life (I am a work in progress!) and I am so grateful for Him for doing so.
Here are some Bible verses on humility to encourage you:
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
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.”
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience...
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 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 made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ...
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love...
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you...
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
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.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; but he saves the lowly.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
-Think about what areas of pride that might be slowly creeping into your life.
-Pray and repent.
-Ask God to help you to be humble and show you areas in your life that you need to guard against.
Dear God, you are Mighty and Holy and worthy to be praised. Please forgive us when pride has entered our lives. Help us to understand how much You despise it and help us to be Your humble people relying on Your grace and Your strength for all things--without You we cannot do anything. Help us to repent of this sin. Thank You for Your kindness in patience with us in this area and help us to grow in humility.
In Jesus' name we pray--Amen.