But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
- James 4:6
Most of us fall into the trap of pride at some time. We all want to be recognized, acknowledged. It’s a human thing, yet God expects Christians to be spiritual. People tell us how wonderful we are, what a great job we did and the next thing you know pride has set in.
People are proud of almost any achievement: passing a test; being accepted to college; winning the game; proud of our kids or maybe how proud we are of how we have raised our kids. Yet we should be giving God the credit for everything.
But it is that same pride that causes us to quickly fall from our self-placed pedestal (Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor Proverbs 29:23.) Similarly, our opening verse says God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Of course the humbleness has to be genuine - and God knows if it is.
Let us focus on the grace, mercy, compassion and the greatness of God. For even the next breath we take is by His grace. Let us remember that everything we are able to do, is because of the talents and gifts God has given us.
Pastor Kimberly Arbaugh
Carrollton First UMC