This is a good question, but it’s based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what humility is. Humility is not a pushover at all. It’s the furthest thing from it.
Tolerance is a pushover. Tolerance is selfishness. Our world teaches tolerance, tolerance, tolerance -- because it’s selfish.
If you love someone, you will only tolerate what is best for them. If it’s not best for them, you don’t want anything to do with it. So, you encourage them to change.
Pride is a pushover; pride portrays all this strength all the time. But if you have the guts to really push on it, it’s going to fall right over. It has no roots.
Humility is willing to bend, it’s willing to seek the truth, it’s willing to listen and see if it’s willing to change.
But if humility is standing on the truth, I’ve got bad news. Its roots are running deep. It’s not going anywhere. You’re not going to push it off dead center.
Humility is never mind me; I am willing to be last. I am willing to be wrong. I know I am often wrong. I think I am wrong, more than I’m right, so I am listening. I have the courage to say, listen I don’t think I am always right. Tell me what you think. Help me understand. But if what you help me understand is not the truth, and I am standing on the truth, I am not budging. You can push all you want. I’m not going anywhere.
If what you are telling me is the truth and I have been standing on a lie, I have the humility to say thank you for showing me the truth so I can move to where I need to be.
Pride is all strength. It’s all puffed up. It’s all these things. It has no roots. It won’t listen to the truth, even when you show it the truth.
Again, I tell you that when you really push on pride, it can’t stand up; it folds.
Humility is a willingness to seek truth at all cost because humility values truth more than itself. Humility’s goal is to be always standing on truth. Other ideas or beliefs don’t scare it because it follows the truth where it takes it. It’s willing to be last so you can be first, but not so you can be selfish. A humble person is unmovable if they are standing on truth.
A prideful person standing on their own throne looks strong until truth is revealed. Then they collapse under the weight of their own lies.
So, run from pride and run to humility.
Be humble. Don’t be a pushover. Do not be prideful.
That’s why I always tell you, you’ve got to trust God’s Word, no matter what.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Trust God’s Word, no matter what!
Keep your eyes on the horizon.
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