Tonight’s Bible study centered on this passage, “Blessed are those who are humble, because it is they who will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5 ISV).
We often think of a humble person as one who doesn’t seek attention. He or she possesses talents and gifts but are modest about them. A humble person does not lack pride; instead, he or she recognizes the greatness in others.
The book of James says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). He opposes the proud because pride acknowledges the self as sovereign. Pride is the belief in one’s own worth, merit, and superiority. Pride looks at Christ’s cross, sneers at Jesus’ sacrifice and resists the work of the Holy Spirit. Pride tells a person that his own worth and dignity make him fit for the kingdom of God. God opposes the proud, because the proud are opposed to everything that is God.
A humble person, however, acknowledges the sovereignty of God. To be humble is to believe in Christ’s worth, merit and superiority as God’s Son and Savior. People who are humble recognize God’s greatness and through the work of the Holy Spirit learn to live under Christ’s authority. They live in sub- mission to God and allow the Spirit to work freely in their lives. The humble receive God’s grace through Jesus Christ.
Jesus showed us how to live a humble life under God’s authority through the Spirit; let the Spirit dwell in you so you can live a humble life before God.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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