Humility: Operating within God’s Grace

In this very good 10-minute video, James MacDonald asks C.J. Mahaney about humility, pride, correction, and love at a roundtable discussion for The Gospel Coalition.

Puritan Theologian John Flavel said,

"They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud."

As Christians, we are chosen by God, and also targeted by Satan.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:5, 6).

If we succumb to pride, we are putting ourselves under God’s opposition.

Praying handsMay we as followers of Christ consciously pursue humility and not allow Satan to get an inroad in our lives. When we receive praise, we should deflect that praise to Christ, not just to appear humble, but to actually BE humble.

When we start thinking we’re special, that we’ve earned people’s respect, that we have a lot to offer, then we become proud. That means God is opposed to us, and we are operating outside of the grace that He only gives to the humble. That makes us a fall waiting to happen: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

Not only our attitude, but our actions will demonstrate whether pride or humility is at work in our lives.

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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