Can Humility And Arrogance Be Confused?

“For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.”    (2 Cor. 10:10-11)

In the above text we find  St. Paul quoting some of those that are part of the Corinthian church. He then follows up with verse eleven. We will paraphrase his words here, “If you think I sound like I throw my weight around and am powerful in my writings just wait until I am present with you. For you have not begun to feel my power or see me throw my weight around.”

Could a truly humble man say such things? Is this little man power hungry or is he mad with power? Does this man drip of arrogance? The answers to these questions are Yes, No and no.

The world and sad to say the church has the wrong idea or image of humility. Humility is not seen in a man with his head down, his eyes in a sad state, and his hands folded ever so gently while he is being used as a doormat. No! NO! NO! Truly humble men have been known to confront kings, judge a nation, lead armies, and empty out a misused house of God with a small scourge of cords.

The church has fallen for this satanic machination that they feel prideful if they acknowledge their spiritual gifts given them by the Spirit of Christ to edify and perfect the church. We’ve heard blood bought believers say such things as this, “I’m not bragging or being prideful but I think I have the gift of…” Little did this saint know it but instead of bragging and being prideful this saint was offending God. Reader, Never “feel proud” or guilty for what God has given you and never be afraid to brag upon Him Who gave it.

A disgusting sight is the pride filled person that bases their pride upon their “humility.” We know this is a cliche but that does not make it untrue. This is another trick of satan (no cap).

What is Biblical humility then? Biblical humility is knowing from Whom you receive all things and not being too proud to lay prostrate (in literal terms or spiritual) upon one’s face in the Prescence of God and acknowledging your need and the richness of all His provisions. Humility is knowing that without Him one can do nothing and without Him one is nothing but an old depraved creature walking upon the broad path.

What does humility look like? Humility can take many forms. Humility can appear arrogant, Humility can appear boastful, and Humility can appear royal. Humility can appear in many ways but at Humility’s core is the continuous acknowledgement of a  dependence upon God.

Did the Man Christ Jesus sound humble when He announced His second advent? An Advent full of power and great glory? He may not have sounded humble but humble he was.

Did David sound humble when he confronted Goliath? Wasn’t he a little arrogant bringing simple smooth stones to the battle? Hear David’s words, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the [N]ame of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, [W]hom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into my hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee…and all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s and [H]e will give you into our hands.” Was David a humble servant of God when he said this?  He was a humble servant because he recognized that the victory would be won by God.

Brothers and Sisters,

Humility is not hiding what God has given you but showing, shouting, and sharing what God has given you and He will be glorified thereby.

He has gifted me with faith, knowledge, discernment, and the gift of preaching His Word. What or how has He gifted thee? Read 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4.

Always remember God giveth more grace to the humble.


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