Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pride is Defeated by Knowledge of God

Joe Thorn:
The enemy of pride is not humility, but faith. Humility is wrapped up in faith, emanating from our dependence on Christ for ”wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) It is saving faith that sees things rightly. It sees God as he has revealed himself, and one’s self as he truly is. Faith does not believe “I am better,” but “I am ruined.” It recognizes that all of us have broken God’s law, and is grieved most severely for one’s own transgressions. Faith knows a man does not “deserve better,” but confesses that whatever he has is grace undeserved, and finds that all the Christian has in Jesus is supremely satisfying. Faith cannot believe “I am sufficient,” for faith itself is a kind of dependence. Faith confesses, “I am poor, blind, naked, and miserable” and can only look to God for what one lacks.

Pride (and the lies it believes) is only overcome by faith. If you want to kill pride and grow in humility you must give yourself to the knowledge of God.
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