Humility, not humiliation
“You rescue those who are humble, but you humiliate the proud.”
The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”
About this week’s promise
“May God’s grace give you the necessary humility. Try not to think — much less, speak — of their sins. One’s own are a much more profitable theme! And if on consideration, one can find no faults on one’s own side, then cry for mercy: for this must be a most dangerous delusion.”
Humility is not effacing oneself. It is not destroying one’s sense of self-worth. It is honest recognition of our own worth, our worth as God sees us.
Pride elevated us above others, and often above God himself. But to destroy one’s sense of self-worth is also unacceptable, for it denies the value God placed upon us when he created us in his image and when he sent his Son to die for us.
Christ did not die for worms but for people he loves very much, and those people have great worth or value in God’s eyes.
To see ourselves as God sees us — that is our goal.
From the TouchPoint Bible with commentaries by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers (Tyndale) p 1217
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