Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 NLT
thinking that we have it figured out, focusing on what has already been conquered,
Instead of what needs to be surrendered today,
It will lead to disgrace.
When it is found before men,
We have an opportunity to learn,
To be disciplined by the experience,
And given an opportunity to choose
Between remaining powerless in repeating our prideful failures,
Or if we seek God,
it will lead us to humility.
When it is found before God,
Provides an opportunity to find Hope,
in Jesus Christ who is faithful and true,
To be empowered by the Holy Spirit, who is our teacher or guide and our comforter,
To know the Love of our Heavenly Father,
Who is the unseen made visible in Christ Jesus,
And in finding God we will understand the fear of God,
Which leads to wisdom.
She is more precious than Gold,
She is eternal and nourishes our soul for eternity,
Because wisdom is not worldly knowledge,
But it is the understanding that God is in authority over all things,
That He is ruler and we are servant,
But that He is also Father and we are sons and daughters,
That He knows what is best for us,
That He has a purpose for us,
That He lives us,
Which leads us to Love.
It is that most excellent fruit,
That grows ripe on the branches of those planted in the Lord’s garden.
It is the fragrance of the incense of the prayers of His saints,
It is a pleasing aroma to the Lord our God,
Because it is the evidence of His very essence breathing within those that are His.
It is the life that we find when we lay down our burdens of sin and death and pick up our cross to follow Him.
It is eternal and it is how He knows us and calls us by name.
Love is the law of Christ,
And it fulfills completely the requirements of God that the law of Moses could not,
Because being reconciled to love is being reconciled to God himself,
For God is love.
To love Him is to serve Him,
To serve Him is to love others,
Too love others is to serve them,
To serve others is to carry their burdens,
To serve others is to share with them the very hope that we have found in Christ,
To serve others is to recognize that we have a purpose in life to reach others with the gospel,
To tell them of this ministry of reconciliation to Christ,
To show them this love that flows from the very Spirit of Christ who lives in us.
Where are you today, friend?
Moving up from pride to disgrace,
Moving up from disgrace to humility,
Moving up from humility to wisdom,
Moving up from wisdom to love,
Or falling down in pride?
Even if you find yourself falling,
It is never too late to let your disgrace lead you to humility, friend.
Cry out to the Lord,
Seek Him with your whole heart,
Repent of your evil and rebellious ways,
Knock until He answers,
But remember to be quiet and listen for His answer,
Because He will answer in that still, quiet voice,
And you will recognize Him as the Good Shepherd who loves you.