Lord keep us humble. Let not pride overtake us when others praise or overtake us in the absence of praise in effort to fill that ‘need’. But instead Lord we ask that your love and grace be a constant reminder to us and within us that we have nothing without you. That we remember where we were (sinners with no way out) that stirred compassion within Him to save us. And that without Jesus, nothing matters!
Humility is not self demeaning – it is knowing who you are as a sinner with a savior named Jesus. And that this saviour wants to save everyone else who is a sinner too.
The first man demeans those around him, pointing the accusing finger at everyone else and saying he is better than them.
I’ve had this mindset and it is sooooooo easy to fall into that and stay there. But it’s miserable and eventually friends turn into enemies and then you are alone. No one likes to hear how bad they are from someone else and how much better they’re than you – that’s why Jesus doesn’t honor that.
Your deeds may be different and appearances too but it has never mattered what the outside is – Jesus has always and will always read a man’s heart.
Your heart must be that of a humble person – one who sees his weakness and looks to God to fill it. You don’t have to beat yourself up, merely recognize and repent.
A quote by C.S. Lewis – true humility is not thinking less of yourself, but rather thinking of yourself less.
I love that quote.
I have no issue with being wrong. I’m human, we make mistakes. I don’t like to make them so I try very hard not to but when I do, it is a reminder that I must not rely on my own strength but on God’s. It is up to each of us to keep our pride at bay, never to enter the sea of words flowing from our mouths.
Think of yourself less this week – put someone first. Tattle on yourself if need be. Ask for forgiveness. Forgive. Keep Jesus first and he will lead you into places and situations that you won’t be able to go or get to any other way than His way.