Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Are you Humble or Proud?

  • Any time somebody goes wrong, do you work towards helping that person, or do you make it worse by talking about it, defaming him and trying to show everybody how better you are than that person?
  • When you look yourself in the mirror, what do you see? do you see yourself beautiful than so and so, or ugly or do you like what you see but don't dwell on it?
  • When somebody compliments you when you are smartly dressed, do you reply, I know it, or do you reply glory to God?
  • What do you regularly talk about others? Do you always see their bad side and see yourself better than them or do you see a friend in them?

You know what your answers were. Of course one can not lie to oneself, or to God or to the devil - although people do lie to one another

Philippians 2:5-9

5. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Joseph was a righteous man such that when he realized that Mary was pregnant while engaged to him, he did not want to shame her, but he planned to leave her quietly and that is when the angel confirmed to him. So many times when a brother errors, we want to shout it loud with a trumpet, but we should know that we are supposed to help him came back to faith because talking about that brother will do more harm than good and in the long run, the devil will be the winner while we lose. Pride is an unrighteous thing that makes us want to appear better than others by showing the bad things others have done.

The bible says that we are wonderfully and fearfully made. Each one of us is unique in our own ways and the differences shows God’s unique divine purpose for each one of us. So we should accept, appreciate and thank God for who are in Him. We should compliment each other in God by working together to accomplish God’s divine purpose. We should not therefore compare ourselves with others or try to be like someone else. 

Every time we look at people, let us always see the image and the creation of God. This will always help us to esteem others and socialize with all of them without feeling funny, because they are all God’s creation - before God all men are equal. I am surprised to note that even in churches, people put themselves in classes, according to their social status. This should not be the case, Christians should learn to fellowship freely with all God’s children without favouritism.

Jesus was a King and He was also God, but he humbled himself, became a servant, became a mortal man, and even died the most cursed criminal death – death of the cross.The humbleness of Jesus made God to exalt him, and to give him a name above every name. The pride of the devil made God cast him down from heaven. So, every time we are humble ourselves, we are preparing ourselves for a promotionhallelujah. Every time we are proud, we are preparing ourselves for a downfall and for shame.

1 Timothy 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

The bible says that pride comes before a fall. Mostly, pride shows itself every time we are lifted and so we should be careful not to take any glory but to give all the glory to God who has given us all that we have. There is nothing that we have, that we have not received from God. God must increase, but we must decrease.

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