Grace to the Humble

Proverbs 3:34
Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.

James 4:6
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:5
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

PRAISE THE LORD

What does being humble look like?

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15 Responses to Grace to the Humble

  1. Al Nelson says:

    Matthew 18:4
    Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

    Romans 12:3
    For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

    Romans 12:16
    Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

    1 Peter 5:6
    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

  2. ian vincent says:

    Good post, bro.

    Truly serving our brothers and sisters, in prayer and in the word, and in helping them, is a sign of humility.

    Willing to go on serving all our life, when we are not thanked or recognized, is another sign of it.

    Willing to admit our faults and confess our faults publicly, another.

    Reaching out to people with the gospel, when we have nothing to gain for it.

    Taking the risk of losing friends or support for speaking the truth.

    Being happy that no one praises you. Being truly satisfied with Jesus, so that any praise of you means nothing, as well as any unfair criticism.

    How we handle criticism…. etc… all signs of either pride or humility.

  3. Al Nelson says:

    Amen Bro! All true!
    21 submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Eph. 5:21)
    Not as though we lord over one another, but in Love, because not one of us without fault, but by the Blood of Christ we can walk in Righteousness. His and His alone. Praise and Glory in the name of Jesus Christ!!!

  4. Rick Frueh says:

    I have always been amazed that the Spirit doesn’t just say “be humble”, but He says be “clothed with humility”. What does humility look like?

    It always looks like “others”.

  5. Al Nelson says:

    It always looks like “others”.
    Amen brother, putting other people first in ministering as we share the Gospel. Every bodies comments are encouraging for me. God Bless.

  6. ian vincent says:

    This came into my heart this morning: A humble man is one who has nothing to hide and nothing to lose. A proud man fears that he will lose face, and he fears that others will know the truth about him, that he is not as wonderful as he thinks he is, and shows himself to be. He fears to be seen as he really is underneath the mask of pride; that is, just a sinful man, and nothing, before God. We use pride to cover our nakedness.

    The humble man, not thinking himself better than anyone else, and with no fear of people seeing and knowing that, really, he is nothing, is free from all this psychological baggage. He’s a free man in the humility of Christ.

  7. Al Nelson says:

    Bro. Rick gave me something to think about here.
    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/2012/02/gospel-and-gays-t-he-california-supreme.html
    Be sure to click on the link he provides at the end for an Inconvient Truth.
    How much Grace from the Lord indeed when we first enter Salvation and are not yet a completed work.

  8. ian vincent says:

    Hi bro,

    Just some thoughts in reply to that link:

    Whether a person lusts after others of the same gender or of the opposite gender, it is really the same spiritual dynamic at work, though the Bible says that one is worse than the other, and though God has set degrees of evil, the person who practices “lesser” degrees of evil is still in deep trouble.

    But my point is, that if it’s the same dynamic, and one is just as much sin as the other, then they both have the same cure and remedy, by faith in Jesus and His finished work of the Cross.

    When you meet a “gay” who is willing to agree with God that it is sin, and about the most disgusting sin imaginable, then they can be saved, and we know that there are such people getting saved and delivered all over the world. Yet they are the exception. The majority fall for the lie that it is their “sexual orientation”.

    Yes, people do feel they are born that way, on both sides of the fence. Those of us who lived wicked lives before we were saved also thought we were “born that way” when we wanted an alibi. And we were born that way, for sure, which is why we needed to be born -again.

    At the end of the article it says that Jesus received sinners without any preconditions. That’s only true in His initial reception of sinners, in calling them to repent. The one’s who remained with Him all repented. Not one could remain with Him if they were not willing to repent (except Judas).

    Also at the end, he says that having unrepentant gays in fellowship is the same as having unrepentant “straights” , and i agree with that. If Churches were functioning in the life and fear of God then unrepentant “Christians” would either be truly converted, or leave, or be asked to. In the NT there is zero tolerance for believers who continue in sin willfully.

    If the Church is based on real relationships then no one can hide their sin.

    This is one reason people so hate the NT pattern.

  9. Al says:

    Great comments brother! I couldn’t agree more. Here’s what struck me most about what Rick wrote. When we are witnessing to others in sin, even sins that repulse us, are we showing God’s Grace and Mercy, or are we being harsh and unwelcoming to those whom the Spirit is drawing. We are not the judge of the lost, but the voice and face of the Lord that the world sees. I think we show the law, but complete the witness of showing His Grace through faith in Christ as you said.

    I heard someone say this once. And I’m paraphrasing from memory. “Yes, gays are born that way. They are born into sin just like every one else.”
    We need the Lord Jesus to release us from these shackles of slavery in sin.”

  10. ian vincent says:

    I agree fully on the matter of extending compassion and mercy to ALL – no matter how repulsive their sin is. And in Church government, in all matters, without true compassion for those being overcome by sin we would be of no usefulness to God in helping them.

    A true compassion will result in the honest, unvarnished, non-politically correct truth being revealed.

    On the matter of the nature of the sin of sodomy : the reason it is categorized in Romans 1 as being the end result of rejecting God – the lowest depth someone can sink to, is in how it differs from other sexual sins.

    When men lust after women (or vice versa), it’s not the act of sex which is wrong, it’s that it is outside of the marriage covenant. It is not a sin against nature, it is a sin against God’s order in nature.

    Sodomy is both, a sin against nature itself (Romans 1:26), and a sin against God’s order : double strike out.

    With fornication it’s not “the act”, by itself, which is evil.

    With sodomy, it’s “the act” , by itself, which is evil.

    So, i would strongly disagree with any suggestion that sodomy is on the same terms as other sins, and that is what the article suggests by omitting to explain the difference.

    Lord bless ya bro.

  11. fleebabylon says:

    John 8:3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst

    John 8:10-11 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.

    This women was humbled by being exposed before the Lord. That is a type of humility. She didnt willfully bring herself to this place, but she ended up there with nothing to plead before Christ – completely without hope or excuse for her sin.

    Also

    Go and sin no more – that is the call to all of those who have been touched by Gods grace. That is the call to the straight and gay convert. Gods grace will give them power to overcome.

    in Him -Jim

  12. ian vincent says:

    On humility: why is it that to some, to see Jesus humbles them, and to others, it puffs them up?

    2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

  13. Al Nelson says:

    Do you think those that are puffed up have seen the true Christ or just what they wanted to see?

  14. ian vincent says:

    Normally, i think it’s the case that those who are puffed up haven’t really seen the real Jesus.

    yet i quoted 2 Cor 12:7 as an equalizer, for there Paul admits that the revelations he had received had the potential to cause him to exalt himself, or more accurately: God, by giving the thorn in the flesh, was protecting Paul from his own flesh, from his own weakness as a man, to exalt himself.

    In perspective, what is considered today as being a normal or healthy self-exaltation, Paul would have found abhorrent.

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