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9th March 2024


Humility



When pride comes, then comes shame . . .

 

Proverbs 11:2


In Proverbs 29:23 the Bible says, “A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honour.” God’s dealings with the proud is one of Solomon’s favourite themes in the book (Proverbs 11:2; 16:18; & 18:12). The word pride or haughty in these verses means “swelling” or “puffed up”—taking credit for what rightfully belongs to God. When we are filled with pride, we think more highly of ourselves than we should. Jesus once said, “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Both He and Solomon direct us to pursue humility and lowliness. This is not false modesty, but right-sizing oneself and acknowledging that all that we have comes from God. It’s being wise and not saying things arrogantly “in haste” (Proverbs 29:20).


Let us each ask God to give us the heart and wisdom to humble ourselves to honour Him and avoid humiliation.

Bible Reading

Proverbs 29:18–27.


Prayer

Dear God, remind me that humility is the pathway to honour in Your sight. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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