“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you, cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let you laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” James 4:8-10.
A humble person writes, “None are as empty as those who are full of themselves.”Have you ever met someone who is full of themselves? Prideful people are always telling you about themselves, their accomplishments, and how smart and wonderful they are. Then they look at you to continue the conversation about them and to affirm their magnificence. Most of the time, they look past you to see anyone else they might want to meet beside you. People who are full of themselves don’t have time for other people. Which of us could not name at least one person we know who acts like that? So what is humility, and what makes humble people different? Humility is the absence of self in all we think, do or say. You know when you encounter humility because you are irresistibly drawn to and awestruck by its presence.
People with the quality of humility are interested in everyone else. In conversations, they want to know about you. They are not looking for ways you can be a blessing to them, they are looking for ways they can bless you. Humility is the very opposite of pride and arrogance. In a disagreement, pride is concerned with who is right, humility is concerned with what is right. Pride and arrogance are all about self, they are always looking down at everyone else. Humility looks up. Pray for God to take the pride from your heart. Pray for God’s humility. Pray for a humble heart as you begin your day.