Christian Living

Got Humility?

Just when we think we’re rolling along pretty well, BOOM! forest-986702_1280-3Self-righteousness  falls across our path like a tree trunk as we’re coming around a curve.  We don’t see it in time to stop and … we are tripped up by something as large as a tree trunk in our path!

 

The Bible is replete with examples of ways we sin and goes so

far as To say we all do it (Romans 3:23), so why is it so easy to

believe other Christians, especially, are guiltier than we are?

Well…

  1. We don’t carry a mirror around with us, so others’ sin is easier to see

James pointed out that if we do look in the mirror, see ourselves, and then forget about it, that’s not the way it works.  We are to be doers of the word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).
Jesus also addressed this when He talked about getting the plank out of one’s own eye before trying to remove someone else’s (Matthew 7:3-5).  One of the things this means is that our own lives, as far as we are able, should be above reproach.  Then we will be able to help.
  1. We tend to think we deserve forgiveness, while others’ sin is so bad it will take a while for them to “work off”.

Is it harder to forgive, or to be forgiven?  This is the crux of the issue.  If we have not yet forgiven someone, their sin looms large for us while our own may remain obscured.  Maybe you have less trouble forgiving someone else than you do forgiving yourself.  That is important too.  Sin is sin, and we are wise to be quick to forgive, as well as to ask for forgiveness when we need to.
  1. We actually earned our own salvation

Hahahaha!  Sorry, trying to catch my breath!  Everything we do and are is tainted with our own sin, so that even our righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight (Isaiah 64:6).  When we recognize how inadequate we are to earn our own salvation, none of us can glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
From the Bible, we learn how highly God values humility.  One of the wonderful things about God’s way of doing things is that the lowliest person – maybe someone no one else would give a second thought to – is one God may hold in high esteem (Psalm 57:15).  As referenced in Luke 18:9-14, God justified the one who admitted he was a sinner, and humbly asked for forgiveness, as opposed to the proud man who hadn’t looked in the mirror for awhile and so didn’t notice the plank hanging out of his eye.
As we continue running our race, let’s run it with humility (1 Peter 5:5).  Let’s keep reaching for the best gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31), and surrendering more and more to the Holy Spirit, thereby producing His fruit (Galatians 5).