I am an extreme introvert by nature, but after so many days of ”no gathering” rules I am craving a party. We were created social beings by God. The trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the ultimate in gathering, in community, and we are created in the image of God, the triune God. Someone asked, ”what are you learning during these times”, and my answer is ”I like people way more than I thought I did”!
The Biblical definition that I use for pride is, ”I can do it by myself, I don’t need you”! One of the basic principles taught by the Apostle Paul in all of his Epistles in the New Testament is that all that God gives us, He gives us through others, through people. The book of James in the New Testament says, ”If you lack wisdom ask God and He will give you wisdom”. How does He do that, just pour it in like filling a salt shaker? No, He gives us wisdom through other people. He gives us courage through others, He gives us joy, He gives us peace, He communicates His will, He encourages, and on the list goes of all the things that God gives us through other people. Humble people know how God works, and seek all that they need from others, but prideful people don’t want to be dependent on others.
As I have thought about this a lot this past week, one truth that really became very clear to me is that humility as an attitude is recognizing that I can only succeed with the help of others, but humility as an action is being kind, gracious, patient, honoring, forgiving, sensitive, gentle, considerate, attentive, tenderhearted, and meek.
Receiving from others what I need to grow and succeed, and giving to others so that they might do the same requires a unity between people like what exists in the Trinity. I am responsible to pursue that unity in all my relationships and hopefully others in my life will pursue unity as well.