Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 6th of March 2016
Quarter Theme: The Book of Proverbs: Gems of Wisdom
Topic: Wisdom: Humility Vs Pride
Texts: Prov. 11: 2; 15:33; 16: 17-18; 18: 12
Memory Verse: Proverb 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (NIV)
John Scott famously said “Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.” The statement aptly captures the truth about pride and humility which goes straight to the heart of what the Bible teaches about the deadly root of our sins and sorrows. It is one of the topics that are rarely preached from the pulpit, but yet very important. It is instructive to note that Satan was hurled down from heaven because of pride and hear what the Bible says about the devil: “You thought you were so handsome that it made your heart proud. You thought you were so glorious that it spoiled your wisdom. – Ezekiel 28:17a. Pride exalts self above God and takes credit for achievements without recognising God’s hand in it.
Pride lays emphasis on one’s self at the expense of God or others. It is important we take deliberate effort to avoid and overcome pride by not comparing yourself with others, desiring God’s will more than our own and accepting that God’s love for us is unconditional. Make effort to develop the quality of humility in the light of the examples in the scriptures. Disobedience to God’s instruction is pride in the light Jeremiah 33:15-17 and as a Christian, understanding who God is and the role he continues to play in our lives is key to overcoming pride.
What is humility? It is a correct estimation of who you are in light of who God is; it means having a modest sense of one’s importance. International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia says this about humility: “It by no means implies slavishness or servility; nor is it inconsistent with a right estimate of oneself, one’s gifts and calling of God, or with proper self-assertion when called for. But the habitual frame of mind of a child of God is that of one who feels not only that he owes all his natural gifts, etc., to God, but that he has been the object of undeserved redeeming love, and who regards himself as being not his own, but God’s in Christ. He cannot exalt himself, for he knows that he has nothing of himself. The humble mind is thus at the root of all other graces and virtues.” Jesus showed us the perfect example of humility. In Philippians 2:8, we saw how Jesus, even though God, humbled himself and became obedient to death. In his humility, God exalted HIM above all things. No wonder proverbs stated in Prov 15:33b that “……….before honour comes humility” He left us an example of what humility will be. Moses is another example of humility. In Numbers 12:3, Moses was described as the most humble person that lived in the face of the earth. What a description!
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Discuss the qualities a humble Christian must possess in the light of Christ’s example. How can we be humble without implying slavishness.
2. Read Ephesians 3:7-12. How does Paul show humility in this passage? Would you say that he sounds like he is boasting? Explain your reasoning.
3. Explain the difference between this sense of satisfaction that contributes to a healthy self-esteem and the unhealthy pride that God hates.
4. Share past experiences in which you must have unknowingly exhibited pride. Discuss practical ways we can avoid pride taking root in our lives in view of Romans 12:3