Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
This has been on my mind lately…..How different things look when we have the correct order in which to view them….When we view the world through Scripture.
It is selfish and prideful to esteem oneself before others….To feel we are owed more or to grumble at adversity set before us. It seems such a simple principle, but how many times are feelings hurt? Do we feel overlooked or not appreciated enough by our loved ones? How many times do we think we should be loved deeper or treated better? What about when our lives grow difficult? Do we think we deserve better than someone else?
Let’s look at a few verses on Pride.
Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
1 Peter 5:5- Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Proverbs 29:23 – A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.
We can see how we are exhorted to be humble in these Scriptures also:
Romans 12:16- Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
James 4:10- Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Matthew 23:12- And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
What a relief it is to focus on Christ and know His will shall be done! What joy it is to renew our minds through Scripture and prayer. What a glorious thing that we can know that Christ died for these sins also…That we can repent of our sins and receive forgiveness of them through our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Romans 1:16-17 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Repent and believe the gospel.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace.
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