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Sermon #56: Humility & Honor - The Fruit of the Spirit.

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  - James 4:6 (NIV)

We should take our lessons from Jesus Christ always. 

Here is what the Bible says about Him: Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” - Philippians 2:5–7 (NIV). 

Sometimes we forget that we are servants; sometimes we turn ourselves into masters, seeking to be served, instead of seeking to serve.

What could be better than being equal to God? Nothing. If the one who is equal to God was totally down-to-earth as He walked the earth, then who on earth could one be to continue in arrogance? God is humble; take a minute to meditate on this.

Christ did not take equality with God as something to be grasped. You also should never hold on to pride; it's not something to be grasped.

Always remember that “humility comes before honor." - Proverbs 15:33 (NIV). In other words, there is no other way by which honor comes except by humility.

Do you want people to honor you from their hearts? If that is the case, then do what needs to be done, that is, get down to earth; if you are already there, stay put!

People find it difficult to honor a person who exhibits arrogance. You therefore need to “clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” - 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV).