Monday, November 16, 2009
God Opposes the Proud
Proverbs 3:34 (New International Version)
34 He mocks proud mockers
but gives grace to the humble.
James 4:6 (New International Version)
6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."
In many ways many of us are proud in certain ways, and at times in our lives we may have been proud because of what we did. Even if we thought we were not proud, other people may perceive us differently. I am guilty of this too. The way I see it is that as a Christian, I try my best to be humble and also to show that I meant it. Of course, there will be times when no matter how we present ourselves, others will still say that we are proud people. What really matters is that we must be genuinely humble, because we are answerable to God. It must be from our heart. It is also His command that we should not be proud as illustrated in the above verses. I have been thinking about this subject, and recently the two speakers Pastor Ben and Pastor Liaw really showed us how to be humble from the way they live their lives. They follow the foot steps of Jesus closely, and show the love of God to people they are in contact. Pastor Liaw said it clearly, by his human capability he cannot love, but the love he shows came from God. God gave him the ability to love, and to provide services like a servant who is never proud of what he does.
C.S Lewis said in his book “Mere Christianity”, “A long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you”.
Really as Christians we have no reason to be proud.