“When you stop grasping at significance you don’t have and in the gospel receive ultimate significance you don’t deserve, you will find yourself being humble from your heart.”

Pride is very difficult to see in ourselves, and yet it is incredibly destructive.  The only solution is a humility that runs deeper than our actions, reshaping our very thoughts about God, others, and ourselves.  Paul tells us that the only way to stop faking and find true humility is to see the nature of God portrayed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  When we receive the security we have in the gospel, we can finally take our eyes off of ourselves and shed our significance for the sake of others.

Application Questions

1. How does pride (concentration on the self) look in your life?  Where do you see it affect your attitude, relationships, and decisions?

2. What strikes you most about Jesus' attitude in vv 6-11?  Where in life are you trying to grasp your own significance instead of giving it away for others?

3. What would have to change for you to experience true humility?  What is some of the encouragement, comfort, and love you've received in the gospel that can lead you there?

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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