Read James 4:1 – 8
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
I have a difficult person in my life! Can anyone relate??
On a slow day, I was taking time to relax and engage in a hobby that allowed me to be doing something I love without having to focus on anything in particular. As can happen, my mind drifted off in a negative direction. I started thinking about this person that I struggle with and things that he has said and done to me in the last few years. As I allowed my wrong thoughts to move, I found myself thinking, “This guy is really arrogant!”
In that moment, it was as if the Holy Spirit in my heart tapped me on my “shoulder” and held up a mirror. There were no words. I just realized that as I looked at the reflection of my heart, I was looking in the ugly face of what I had just accused another of. Immediately these words came to my mind: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. Oh Lord, forgive my foolish pride and grant me grace!
It is important to recognize that the context of this specific verse is conflict and quarrel. In it, God goes straight to our heart. There is no mistaking that our sinful desires are at the base of all these conflicts.
In my situation, I may never have shared that thought with another person. Obviously, that did not matter. God in His grace hit me right between the eyes with the realization that I was the one who was standing desperately in the need of grace.
God is most concerned about what is happening in your heart. It is good for us to live in integrity and to keep a guard on our mouth. However, we must always remember that God looks at the heart and is very concerned about our inner purity.
My question for you today is this: Is the inside of your cup as clean as the outside?
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”