PRIDE AND HUMILITY THROUGH THE EYES OF GRACE
Ray E Horton
Pride and Humility: Shouldn’t we be preaching on these topics. Yes, it is good to preach on pride and humility, if it isn’t coming from a legalistic perspective.
Humility an overflow
Pride is a focus on self, whereas humility is a focus on Jesus and dependence on Him
Remember, if those to whom we preach grasp the Good News in their hearts, humility will be an overflow, so that would be my focus. We can’t and shouldn’t fake humility with human effort, but rather, let our hearts be changed, and it will authentically be a part of our new life.
Pride is a focus on self, whereas humility is a focus on Jesus and dependence on Him. Knowing who we have been made to be in Christ, once Born Again, takes care of pride as well as false humility.
When I come to see that my self-righteousness “is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) and that my righteousness is a gift of His righteousness, pride is brought down. “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
False humility is prideful
When I think I am no good and look down on myself, a false humility, knowing who I have been made to be in Christ lifts me up. Thinking I am no good is prideful in that it is focused on self and presumes I could somehow be better on my own.
Whether strong or weak in the flesh, our real strength and dependence is on Him.