Posted by: missionventureministries | November 1, 2018

GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE – 1 Peter 5:5

Peter cites this Old Testament verse from Proverbs 3:34 about the proud person, as does James (4:6). In contrast the word “humble,” is a quality that God honors. 

We need to first understand that there is a difference between the kind of pride that God hates which is “pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech” (Proverbs 8:13) and the kind of pride we can feel about a job well done (Galatians 6:4) or the kind of pride we express over the accomplishment of loved ones (2 Corinthians 7:4).  

God hates pride that stems from self-righteousness or conceit because it is a hindrance to seeking Him. 

Psalm 10:4 explains that the proud are so consumed with themselves that their thoughts are far from God: “In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” This kind of arrogant pride is the opposite of the spirit of humility that God seeks: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The “poor in spirit” are those who recognize their utter spiritual impoverishment and their inability to come to God aside from His divine grace. The proud, on the other hand, are so blinded by their pride that they think they have no need of God. 

Throughout Scripture we are told about the consequences of pride. Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Satan was cast out of heaven because of pride (Isaiah 14:12-15). He had the prideful audacity to attempt to replace God Himself as the rightful ruler of the universe. But Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire in the final judgment of God.  

Pride has kept many people from accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. Admitting sin and acknowledging that in our own strength we can do nothing to inherit eternal life is a constant stumbling block for prideful people.  

Why is pride so sinful? Pride is giving us the credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone and claiming it for ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship. We need to be aware though that anything we accomplish in this world would not have been possible were it not for God enabling and sustaining us.  

On the contrary, the humble man receives God’s grace, while the proud man stands in opposition to God.

The humble yields his rights to God, while the proud demands his rights. The humble person overlooks offenses and waits on God’s vindication, while the proud seeks self-vindication and revenge. 

The proud is obsessed with praising himself; while the humble lets praise and recognition come from others. “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2).  

In Galatians 1:10 we see the proud seeking the approval of men while the humble desires the approval of God:

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” 

The proud perceives humility as a weakness, while the humble perceives humility as strength. Jesus said: “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4). 

Humble people understand their utter dependence on God and yield to Him and His will. Proud people are self-serving, self-centered, and self-dependent on their own strength and wisdom.  

Humble people don’t have to constantly prove or defend themselves; a stark contrast to prideful people who are obsessed with proving they are always right.

God said that the one He favors is “the one who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2). What better example do we have than Christ Jesus? He was meek and lowly in heart and “humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). 

The hope of the proud is to humble himself and to have faith in the Savior. Confess your pride, receive His forgiveness, and live for His glory. God is calling us to repent of the sin of self-reliance and to start trusting Him.

 

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Responses

  1. Such a great post, thanks 😀

  2. Thank you so much for unceasing revelation of truth. So be blessed in Jesus name

    On Nov 1, 2018 8:57 PM, “Mission Venture Ministries” wrote:

    missionventureministries posted: ” Peter cites this Old Testament verse from Proverbs 3:34 about the proud person, as does James (4:6). In contrast the word “humble,” is a quality that God honors. We need to first understand that there is a difference between the kind of pride that”

    • Praise the Lord! Glad you enjoyed the post. All honor and glory go to our heavenly Father. Blessing to you also.


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