Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve blown it — maybe an unkind word, an action that didn’t come from a heart of love, or even an attitude that wasn’t right? Well, I can relate, because I’ve been there often.
It is in this moment I realize there is a choice to make. My tendency is to shift the blame, justify, or try to explain away the reason for the mistakes, or I can choose to walk in humility and let go of my own pride.
It probably sounds easier than it is, but it’s really not. In fact, this solution always comes at the cost of my pride, but it can completely change the whole situation for good. It is these words that make all the difference: “I am sorry, I was wrong. Please forgive me.”
The more specific you are, the better.
This little statement, followed by a question that comes from a heart of humility, will make all the difference in the world. It seems the longer I live, the more important this concept is. Take a moment to read the blessings that will follow those who walk in humility:
- “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.” —Proverbs 29:23
- “But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” —James 4:6
- “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” —1 Peter 5:6
- “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” —James 4:10
All of those powerful truths really encourage me to want to walk in humility. Yet, it still doesn’t come very easily or naturally. But when I choose the path of humility and admit when I am wrong, I am often amazed at not only the grace that God gives, but also the grace that others show me.
Let’s choose humility this week and watch God pour out more grace in our lives.