God is not pleased with proud persons who disobeys his laws,  but gives grace to humble persons who keeps his commandments.
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On humility

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, April 1998, p.2

WHEN I WAS still young, my grandmother would time and again emphasize to me the value of humility. She would always remind me never to be proud but to have a modest estimate of myself and to have a "low profile'' to show humility. I earnestly believe in and live by what my grandmother taught me.  But I would like to know how the Bible defines humility.   Also, when does God consider a person humble or proud?

Emilia R. Sta. Cruz
Agusan del Norte, Philippines

Editor's reply:

Humility is indeed a virtue. But its expression is not merely the “modest estimate of oneself” or having a “low profile.” The Bible teaches that a humble person is one who keeps God’s commandments and fears Him (cf. Dt. 8:6; Mic. 6:8). Thus, humility is best demonstrated through one’s obedience to God.

“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. (Dt. 8:6, New King James Version)

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? (Mic. 6:8, NKJV)

The best example of humility is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who obeyed God’s will until His death on the cross and allowed the will of His Father to reign over His own (cf. Philip. 2:5, 8; Mt. 26:39).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (cf. Philip. 2:5, 8, NKJV)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Mt. 26:39, NKJV)

Therefore, a man exhibits the virtue of humility by submitting his will to that of the Almighty Consequently, those who humble themselves before God will be lifted up and will benefit from His goodness (cf. Js. 4:10, 7).

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:10, 7, NKJV)

A proud person, on the contrary, is one who disobeys God and lives not according to His laws and commandments (cf. Ps. 119:21). God is not pleased with this kind of people but gives grace to the humble (cf. Js. 4:6).

You rebuke the proud—the cursed,
Who stray from Your commandments. (Ps. 119:21, NKJV)

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:  “God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble."  (James 4:6, NKJV).


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