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Pride and Humility

Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;someone else,and not your own lips.

Pride can be tricky, and many times is cloaked as humility.  Do not be deceived, nor deceive yourselves.  People have a need for attention.  God has created that need, and it shall be fulfilled with love for Himself.  We were created for His glory, and to enjoy Him forever.  It’s part of the fallen nature and our selfishness that thinks the world and it’s desires should revolve around us.

Humility can also be guised under sarcasm or self-deprecation only in hopes to invoke affirmation from others.  It can go something like this: “I’m so fat (when you’re 5’7 and weigh 125lbs)”.  So someone might reply, “Oh no you’re not! You’re perfect!”  And NOW you feel worthy and valued.  It’s the neediness of constant affirmation and praise.  That need should be fulfilled in Christ alone, as that satisfaction in Him flows into everything else.

Yet God created people for one another.  So I’m not saying that any attention, praise and affirmation of human relationships are all bad.  God also created the use of such for our own good.  It’s the abuse and obsession of self-centered attention that draws away from God’s glory.

Real humility doesn’t demand attention.  He doesn’t praise himself nor does he dramatize for the purpose of inviting praise.  Real humility seeks another’s good without second thought to what he shall receive in return, whether that be praise or acknowledgement, or gifts in return.  Give without expectation.  This also reduces disappointment and disheartening, resulting in thankfulness to God for the joy and glory of doing good, which He created us for, for His name.  Let the people praise Him because of you.  May it be so.

Oh the shameful deceptions yet subtle deceitfulness of the human heart.  If we should only daily (or hourly, minute by minute, even) examine ourselves to see if there be any vile way in us.  We should seek Christ’s honor and glory above all, and God shall honor and protect the diligent seeker.  Not our will, but His be done.  And He calls his own to more than mediocrity.  This is not unto salvation, but because of it.  He saved a people to Himself to glorify Himself.

I think that our offensiveness stems from a sense of pride.  At the heart of it, our pride/ego is hurt when someone insults us.  Even if someone didn’t mean for something to be an insult, we can be good at finding a way to make it offensive.  If we would only be truly humble, it wouldn’t hurt so much.  Don’t make so much of yourself and you shan’t be so offended.

Let our search for praise be to the glory of the Father, whom sent his Son, whom graciously imparted his helper, empowering us with his Holy Spirit. Let us take our eyes off ourselves.  Let us strive for the glorious purpose of bringing  in vain to pursue vanity.  Let others praise us because we seek God’s glory above our own, not because we highlighted our own good works.  Real religion shows its true colors in the end.

John 5:41 “I do not accept  praise  from people,  5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God  within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another and don’t seek the praise that comes from the only God?

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