Before the Cross IV

Philippians 2:8 NIRV – He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. In fact, he died on a cross.
2CH 7:14 NET – if my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
PHP 2:3-4 NET – Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.  Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.
1PE 5:5 NET – In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble .
LUK 14:11 NET – For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
JAS 4:6 NET – But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “ God opposes the proud , but he gives grace to the humble .”
JAS 4:10 NET -Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Before The Cross: We Are Humbled

“And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8

Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. As we are sinful, find forgiveness through Jesus, and become disciples, it’s an easy temptation to become prideful in the process. Satan would love nothing more than for God’s children to walk around prideful. God opposes the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

Yes, it’s true that we are forgiven through Christ, but that doesn’t give us a free pass to do anything we want. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that we know it all and that we can look down on others or slander those who reject the Word of God.

If we look to the cross, we see how we can exercise humility towards others. We can avoid pride and love others despite their actions towards us because of Jesus’ love towards us despite our actions towards Him. We are still sinful and still fall short everyday as believers (which makes the cross that much bigger), so we have no right to be prideful towards others or to God.

C. J. Mahaney says, “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” We should wake up each day and preach the Gospel to ourselves first before we do anything else. In this, we’ll humble ourselves realizing we need the cross just as much as anyone else. This will quickly kill pride in us and we’ll submit to the Holy Spirit leading us in humility.

We are humbled as we come before the cross because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus led us by example in humility and how to best love and serve others.

This is why we are servants…


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