I can do stuff in my life that looks, and even feels, humble in the eyes of the world. But in the eyes of the Lord, who sees my heart, I can be filled with pride. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees numerous times in the Bible for getting so caught up in actions that looked good to the world while their hearts in fact were full of pride and arrogance.
So how humble is your heart? Why do I ask? Because the Lord gives an exceedingly strong admonition throughout the Bible – Old and New Testaments alike – that He despises pride. And the end results of pride are falling, destruction, and, ultimately, death. So what is a good way to figure out just where you stand when it comes to humility versus pride? And what is a good way to proceed once you find the answer? Here are four simple steps.
1. Spend time with the Lord daily
2. Pray and seek His face daily
3. Dig deep into His Word daily and use His Word as your measuring stick
4. When the Holy Spirit convicts you of pride, repent, receive God’s forgiveness, and be humble
God’s grace is for the humble. Repeatedly in the Bible, God calls us to humble ourselves. If God tells us to humble ourselves, this means that we can and should.
The heart, according to the Bible concordance, refers to our thoughts and feelings. So when you seek the Lord to see where you stand with pride versus humility, do not just consider your actions. Pay close attention to what you think about and how you feel.
Do you look down at others? Do you think you’re better than others? Do you think you have the answers? Are you critical and judgmental? Most importantly, do you exalt yourself above God? Do you put your trust in yourself, or others, instead of in Him? Do you think you know better than He does? Do you make decisions about your life, or do you turn to Him to seek His will for your life?
Don’t let another day pass before you consider the question. How humble is your heart? And once you have your answer, make it a regular practice to see where you stand with pride versus humility. And as soon as you find pride in your heart, or actions, or both, repent and humble yourself. Heed God’s warning about pride. Seek to be humble. And remember who is intended to be exalted – who is to be Lord above all. He is.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.James 4:6 KJV
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 1 Peter 5:6 KJV
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NASB