1 Peter 5:5 - Gods Relationship to Pride vs Humility.
1Pe.5:5: God's Relationship to Pride vs Humility.
1 Pet 5:5 (KJV) God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the
Pride does not know its own need. It so admires itself that it
recognizes no need to be supplied. It cherishes its own independence. It
will be beholden to no man and not even to God. It does not
recognize its own sin. It is occupied with thinking of its own goodness
and never realizes that it has any sin from which it needs to be
saved. A pride like that cannot receive help, because it does not know
that it needs help, and, therefore, it cannot ask. [Barclay
Commentary re Jam.4:6]
When we get caught up in a personal ego trip we let pride
separate us from God. Someone called ego - Easing God Out. Pride
pollutes everything it touches. It keeps us from growing spiritually.
It is the basic sin causing separation from God. It is Satan's
most powerful tool. If we let pride rule our lives we can be kept
from spiritual growth after we have begun a relationship with God.
How can we overcome pride? Christ's words state the case flatly,
"And whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted" (Matthew 23:12). How do we "humble ourselves"?
The way we handle problems is a way to begin. Rather than
trying by our own cleverness to solve them we can admit our own
inadequacy so the Lord can get through to us again. To truly praise God is
to reverence Him in every place for there is no place where He is
not. The Lord delights to bless a person like that. [Yokefellows]
The simply stated, yet profoundly deep truth of this passage,
cries out to us to pay attention to what God says and to implement His
instruction in our lives. Do you want the abundant life that Jesus provides
for His children? Are you willing to invest some time to discover
how humility and reverence for God bring you into abundant life?
The world says we need to have good "self-esteem" in order to be
happy in this life; that we should acknowledge our own goodness and
the inherent goodness in others. God's Word says the opposite:
don't do anything out of selfish motives, and consider others to be
better than you are! What does this passage mean to you? Do you have
the abundant life you desire? Look up verses in your Bible that
speak of humility and see how you measure up. Ponder the reverence
(holy fear) you have for the Lord. If you feel the need to start over,
begin today by studying this verse until the Lord brings revival to
your heart! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
Pride and self-esteem cannot flourish in the hearts that keep
fresh in memory the scenes of Calvary. 2T212
Kneeling in faith at the cross, he has [we have] reached the
highest place to which man can attain. SD222