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Proverbs Project: Pride & Humility

Proverbs related to the theme of Pride & Humility:


Proverbs 3:34
34     [God] mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.


Proverbs 6:1-4
1       My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another,
2       if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth,
3       then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!
4       Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
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Approach Bible Study Humbly, or You’re Wasting You’re Time

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:21-22

 James’ instructing readers to “humbly accept the word planted in them” leads me to this question: what danger does a person face if they lack humility in their approach to the word of God?

Ever hear someone say something like this: “I know the Bible says that, but that’s not really what it means,” or “I know the Bible says that, but that was just for those people back then. God doesn’t see things that way today – culture is different.”

What’s behind statements like these?

To be very blunt: pride & stupidity.

I understand that not everyone is going to agree on every obscure point of Christian doctrine (and I’m not referring to those), but the Bible makes some things very clear.

“No, God. You’re wrong – I’m right. I’ll study Your book, and I’ll find the moral principles I agree with and live by them, but if You step on my toes or say something I disagree with, I’m going to make up my own interpretation of reality … even if it completely contradicts what You say.”

Leaders, have you ever encountered this person? No matter what’s shown to them in Scripture – no matter how clear it is – they find some way to shoot it down or rationalize their way around it all the while claiming to believe the Bible is the word of God … what a joke that is.

NOTE: I realize this post is one big whine. It’s been sitting in my draft bin for a while and I thought I’d share it tonight. I wrote this one day after dealing with a particularly frustrating person.

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‘Hunger and Thirst’

Matthew 5:6
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Hunger and thirst for righteousness … ” – seems to imply that we should never be satisfied with our present spiritual state … doesn’t it?

Will be filled” is future-tense. It’s something that will come to pass (I believe at the resurrection) – not something we’ve already achieved.

Very interesting – just the opposite of the picture Jesus paints of a Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) who apparently believed he was already plenty righteous in God’s sight. Matthew 5:6 appears to me to have something to teach us about humility.

What do you think?

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