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Proverbs 18

 Are You Headed Toward Honor or a Downfall?

Scripture

Proverbs 18:12

Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honor.

Observation/Understanding

Solomon, the writer of this proverb, presents us with two paths, each with their own destination. We can take the path of haughtiness - arrogance, being blatantly and disdainfully proud - which will lead to a downfall. Or we can take the path of humility, which will lead to honor. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have God honor me than end up like the guy in the above video.

Philippians 2 gives us insight into the humility God honors:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

He goes on to describe the ultimate example of humility in Jesus:

[Jesus], being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

It's one thing to compare ourselves to others and feel proud. But it's impossible to compare ourselves to Jesus and feel proud. Need some help getting on the humble path? Compare yourself to the perfection and holiness found in Jesus.

 

Life Application

Take the humble path!

God, forgive me for the times I’ve had a haughty heart, comparing myself to others and having an exalted view of myself. Forgive me for the times I've valued myself and my interests over others and their interests. Jesus, you became the servant of all. You were always for others and never for yourself. Change me to be more like you, Jesus. It's all about you. Amen.

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