“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.”
We shall find that the deepest humility is the secret of the truest happiness, of a joy that nothing can destroy.
God gives us grace
“God…gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Contrary to popular and false belief, it’s not “those who help themselves” whom God helps; it’s those who humble themselves.
We get wisdom
Behind the high cost of pride is the absence of wisdom. When pride elbows its way into our lives, wisdom takes leave. The highest cost of pride is to forfeit wisdom.
It is pride that will cause us to forfeit wisdom; it is humility that will lead to the awareness we need it.
“The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honour” (Prov. 15:33).
Wisdom is what we forfeit when the opinions of people mean more than God’s favour.
Points people to Jesus
“I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ,” he said. One could wonder how history could have been changed had Gandhi met a godly person who was both theologically sound and made him think of Jesus.
Does it bless you when a person continually boasts of whom they know, how much time they have spent with them, and how close they are to them? It feeds on their insatiable ego but does nothing for you!
Written by Tony Thompson