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Pride and Humility

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Romans 12:3
 

As a Christian, where does self-confidence end and pride begin? There are some biblical guidelines which can assist us here. In general, I would argue that the words “self-confidence” and “self-awareness” are modern day talk, rather than statements with which one can do anything. When is one not aware of oneself? Especially when you are sinning. We should trust God (2 Corinthians 1:9) and thereby gain courage and strength. This is possible because God promises that His power is mighty in the weak, and not in those who consider themselves strong and clever (1 Corinthians 12:9). Likewise, we know that whomever exalts himself, is humbled by God (Matthew 23:12). This also doesn't necessarily mean that we are unable to accomplish anything at all. We should endeavour to do all things with a godly, humble attitude. And acknowledge that our minds, our gifts and our faith are made available to us by God and not through our own ability. The correct attitude is also portrayed by the fact that we do not regard other Christians as inferior, but on the contrary, we esteem others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). I think pride begins when I don't notice when I am being offensive, or I just don't care. Let us ask ourselves whether our conduct and speech is edifying others, or not (Romans 15:2-3)?

Jesus is our example and He was not conceited, nor in love with Himself and arrogant (1 Corinthians 10:32-33). Paul was a good example to us in both aspects. At first it was his pious arrogance which caused him to be high and mighty, blind and malicious (Acts 5:57-60). Then he became an example (Philippians 3:17), regretted his previous behaviour and considered his past perceptions as being harmful and as garbage (Philippians 3:9). When I endeavour to lead other Christians, through my conduct, to good deeds (fruit leading to heavenly rewards) then I am strong in the LORD and simultaneously humble because it is not about my own honour and recognition, but rather that of others (Philippians 4:16-19). But, whoever thinks that it is better to remain passive in his faith life due to fear of being overly presumptuous and pompous, is also displaying a proud attitude towards God (Luke 19:20-23). Only a moving ship can be steered! Have the courage to leave the port, because when we become a blessing to others, we are simultaneously blessed. Life becomes richer and better when we don't always put our own needs first. Whoever serves others out of love, consideration and sympathy will also not fall short. God rewards every selfless good deed.

(Translated by Linda Gates)

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