Last week I had the honor of preaching during The Cross Series.
Matt asked me to speak about Mary. I loved the research and what Mary taught me. I shared what I learned in my sermon. I believe one of the biggest things we can learn from Mary is humility.
James 4:6 says, "But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."
I don't want God to oppose me, so I want to live with humility.
If you are not living with humility, then likely have pride in your heart. I listed 10 (there are many more) things to help you know the difference between pride and humility.
You can watch the sermon here.
Pride vs Humility:
A prideful person complains against or passes judgment on God. You blame God for everything bad in your life. Why don’t we blame Satan?
A humble person acknowledges who God is and trusts Him. He can even praise God and thank God through the trials in his life because he puts his hope in Christ.
A prideful person lacks gratitude in general. They think they deserve what is good. They tend to be critical, complain, and discontent.
A humble person thanks God and people often. They expect nothing so they are grateful for everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 encourages us to, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
A prideful person is full of anger. They have outbursts of anger, withdrawing, pouting, frustration, or are moody. Why? Because expectations are not being met. Did you realize you can be addicted to anger?
A humble person seeks to live in peace with all people. Hebrews 12:14 challenges us to, "Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord."
A prideful person sees themselves as better than others. They are impatient or easily irritated with others. They feel like they are on top looking down on others. They are easily disgusted and have little tolerance for differences.
A humble person sees themselves as no better than others.
A prideful person has an inflated view of their importance, gifts, and abilities. They are a legend in their own mind. They do not rejoice when good things happen to other people and are very jealous.
A humble person is genuinely glad for others. They can rejoice when good things happen to other people because they know God is in control.
A prideful person is a perfectionist and very concerned about what others think. They take themselves too seriously.
A humble person has a teachable spirit. They strive to do things with excellence but know there is always room to do things differently or to learn new things. And when they fail, they use that to grow.
A prideful person talks too much. They are the center of their conversation and it is all about them. Proverbs 10:19 reminds us, "Too much talk leads to sin, be sensible and keep your mouth shut."
A humble person seeks ways to build others up. They use their words to encourage and focus on others and what they are going through. A humble person listens.
A prideful person seeks independence or control. They find it extremely difficult to work for someone else or to submit to authority. They tend to be very disrespectful and unteachable. They think “this is just how I am” or "this is how I was raised.” They ALWAYS have to be in control.
A humble person gladly submits and is obedient to those in authority. How you are to your authority today is how you will lead tomorrow.
A prideful person is defensive or does blame-shifting (A lack of asking forgiveness) It is never their fault. They will rarely ask for forgiveness or admit that they are wrong. They will blame others.
A humble person is quick in admitting when they are wrong and asking for forgiveness. They take ownership, even if it was just 1% of the wrongdoing.
A prideful person voices preferences or opinions when not asked. They will voice their opinion on social media, to a coworker, or to anyone they can. They will voice it somewhere hoping their boss, spouse, leader, or pastor will hear it and know how they feel.
A humble person speaks the truth in love. It is not their opinion, but God’s Word that they speak. They wait for God to open the door to share.
Here is an amazing thought, "We are most like Jesus when we are humble and most like satan when we are prideful." I go into more detail in my sermon.
The great thing about God is even when we are prideful, all we have to do is confess our pride. He will forgive us and we can change and begin to live a humble life.