1 Peter 5:6Â Â Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
James 4:6Â Â But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Romans 12:3Â Â 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.
2 Corinthians 13:5Â Â Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?â€”unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
I can’t think of anything that was more difficult for me to do than humble myself, and I still struggle with it sometimes. It was and still is impossible without Jesus in me, thank you Jesus.Â As I now look back on my life, I have a better understanding of why this has been and still is sometimes. I remember the statements of people I loved and respected saying things like, you can do anything you want to, get anything you want, look out for yourself no one else will, etc. I wanted to believe I did not need anyone but myself, and many of my peers tried to convince themselves of the same. Even after I received Jesus as my Lord, it was hard to completely humble myself. Even now that old comparison of self to others and thinking I am better than, or blessed more than they are, raises it’d ugly head. I am thankful the Holy Spirit in me helps me put these thoughts aside in a hurry. As a younger person when I wanted something like a new car sound judgment was left behind, and selfish rationalism for personal greed entered the picture. As I grew in Christ, I began to experience the difference in my life of obeying God rather than myself, and what the world was teaching me. I now remember some of the negative consequences of pride, and now the blessings of humbling myself to God and others. It’s a lot more pleasant to be exalted by God than opposed by Him. I don’t remember the exact time I matured enough to willingly examine myself, and be willing to change as needed to please God, but I know I did not grow much, if any until I began my self-examination.
Lord help me see myself as you do and the desire to change what is needed to please you.