A Spirit Of Humility

  • Nov. 22, 2006
  • #6408

Joni sings "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" and shares that humility is the true evidence of being like Jesus.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Boy does that verse say it all: I pour contempt on all my pride. In case you doubt that in your own life, hit the concordance key on your computer Bible software, type in the word "pride" or "proud," and watch a zillion verses from God's Word pop up. All of them detail how the Lord detests haughty eyes, boastful tongues, and hearts bloated and made fat by ego. Never, I mean never, was there a character trait more opposite of God. He despises pride.

But consider this. God asks us, he tells us, to be like His Son, Jesus. He tells us to be godly. Now some would say that is quite an invitation to pride! To be like God? 

This is why the true evidence of godliness, being like God, being like Jesus, is humility. When our pride has caused us to wound our friend or spouse, the remedy is humility. You've got to walk over to that person you've hurt and say, "I am so sorry for wounding you. What you have observed about me is true: I am stubborn and very much 'in the wrong.' Please forgive me." Oh, it is never easy to say that, is it? But doing it is richly rewarded, because it's that humility that makes you like God's Son.

Friend, if we're looking for humility, don't gaze inward to see how greatly you've missed the mark. Gaze at the Lord Jesus. Drag yourself to the cross where your pride will be suffocated! 

Ask the Holy Spirit to roll up his sleeves and deal with that pride in your heart. It may involve opening yourself to the valid criticism of others, or openly confessing your faults, or inviting your spouse or close friend to point out your blind spots. Is that going to be easy? Oh, no, never! But will it be rewarding? Always, because it's the path that leads you to humility.  

Music: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross  Words: Isaac Watts Music: Lowell Mason  Public Domain

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