In a world that focuses on self-improvement, self-love, and self-indulgence, the love of Christ and His payment for our sin should lead us to humility and a thankful heart.
The sinful flesh which dwells within us will often seek to elevate, show off, and gain recognition or praise.
We all struggle with this to one degree or the other. Scripture warns us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
” For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more tightly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. “
Pride goes before destruction, and often we fall into the trap of thinking too highly of our accomplishments, talents, or appearance.
“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. “
That is how the world judges, but God sees into our hearts.
“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.“
1 Samuel 16:7
Sad to say, but the human heart is so wicked that we can even clothe ourselves in a false humility seeking to convince others of our piety and goodness.
“Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”
The reality is we all fall short of God`s standard and His glory.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Our best efforts are no more than filthy rags before the Holy God.
We stand before him spiritually bankrupt with no way to pay for our sin and nothing to offer Him.
Where then is pride?
Where is boasting in light of the reality of our current condition?
As (Romans 3:27) reminds us, boasting is excluded.
“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.”
Instead of pride and boasting, we are instructed in (1 Peter 5:5) ” and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
(All verses are taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible.)