Humilty Gains Honor

I Corinthians 13-4-7 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Love is not boastful or vainglorious.  Vainglorious is just a fancy word for pride. Self-importance and conceit are not signs of having a healthy love walk. They are also a sign that we don’t have the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 8:13 says 13The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate. Having a lack of humility will also end up getting us into trouble. Proverbs 16:18-19 says 18Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.  19Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Jesus told a parable about thinking more highly of yourself than you ought in Luke 14:7-11 7Now He told a parable to those who were invited, [when] He noticed how they were selecting the places of honor, saying to them, 8When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, do not recline on the chief seat [in the place of honor], lest a more distinguished person than you has been invited by him, 9And he who invited both of you will come to you and say, Let this man have the place [you have taken]. Then, with humiliation and a guilty sense of impropriety, you will begin to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and recline in the lowest place, so that when your host comes in, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher! Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit [at table] with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled (ranked below others who are honored or rewarded), and he who humbles himself (keeps a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly) will be exalted (elevated in rank).
There is nothing wrong with having a healthy self-respect and satisfaction in who and what you are. Throughout Genesis 1 as God was creating the heavens and the earth, He looked at everything He had made and saw that it was good. He had a sense of gratification and pleasure because of what He had done.  It’s alright to take satisfaction in something you have done, but when it turns into arrogance that’s where you go wrong. Proverbs 22:4 says 4The reward of humility and the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. By learning to humble ourselves rather than exalting ourselves not only will we put ourselves into position to receive honor, but also to gain abundant life.


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