2) Humility can grant you tons of more options; you will see God work in more and wilder ways than ever before.
Pride is a stumbling block to many. And the problem with it (like with so many temptations) is that the person succumbed to it doesn’t realize it until it is too late. That’s why God warns us in 1 Peter 5:5-6,
“[A]ll of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.”
This is important: if we want to see God’s grace when we need it most, then we need to start acting humble. This is important if we want to see God’s grace rescue us in our time of need. We need to begin acting humble about things.
There is another warning in Scripture concerning pride:
So where is this coming from? It’s coming from ourselves, from our own misbehavior and personal stances of the heart. We can overcome this! And overcome this we must if we desire fruitful, Spirit-filled evangelism, with “fruit that lasts.”
The conversation turns to sports, and then to the Olympics, and then to how your church is going to watch the Super Bowl next Sunday. This is interesting because the barely-an-acquaintance then desires to talk about Jesus. It honestly takes you a little by surprise, but that’s ok; you know tons of Scripture and you’re not afraid to use it.
One question after another pelts your belief in Jesus, and, honestly, there is some truth to the claims she is making against your church. You choose the humble route, agree, and apologize on behalf of much of Church history. The conversation turns sour for a moment, but you seek God’s Spirit concerning how to handle the next statement in your dialogue with this sister.…
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