Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
In yesterday’s post we looked at the sin (vice) of pride. Today we focus on the virtue (grace) of humility. This list also comes from Stuart Scott, From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective (Focus Publishing, 2002; an excerpt from The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective ), as he completes the picture of the sins of pride to avoid and the graces of humility to cultivate, all by God’s grace flowing from the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
As we ponder this today, it is important to remember that we are often much quicker to see the sin of pride and the absence of humility in the lives of others than we are in our own lives. That is a clear sign of pride!
As you humbly read and pray through this list, ask yourself these two questions: First, what of these manifestations are absent in your life? Second, what practical evidences of humility need to be cultivated in your life?
Manifestations of Humility (pp.18-21)
The key biblical truth: “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Lk. 18:14b).
The key biblical response: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (1 Pet. 5:6; cf. Jms. 4:10).