A Humble Spirit

If we don't have a humble spirit then we are prideful and we are most vulnerable when we are filled with pride and too focused on self. When you start to believe the “hype” that you are all that, then you tend to be defensive and irrational and not self-controlled . We are warned about this in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be self controlled and alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

If we remember to be confident in the Lord, He will guide us. If we can remember the words in James 1:19 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry for the man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires”, then our relationship with our peers, boss, family and friends will be better served.

This verse says listen but it doesn’t only apply to when people are speaking to you. It also applies to emails or text messages that you may receive. When we are self absorbed, our first impulse is to go into self-protective mode and not really listen to what is being said but we tend to take it very personal and want to respond quickly.

If it becomes all about me, my vision is very narrow and I don’t see the needs of others around me, I don’t see the pain I might be causing others. I might not be aware of the storm that I might be causing myself and others because of my pride. We are told in 1 Peter 5:5 … God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I know that God covers me with his grace. God gives me more than what I deserve each and every day. I just need a humble spirit.

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