As I was studying for a recent message, I came across a quote … “The people who think they are always right are in the most danger.”
Right after that my daily verse was James 1:19: “My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” [HCSB]
It was at that point that I needed to check my attitude. I began by examining my heart and asking myself a few questions. Do I think I am always right … not just about my Christian views, but about my political views, my views on viruses, vaccines, or other hot topics? Do I approach others, either in person or in my posted items from a zone of superiority or pride? Am I teachable?
Examining my heart is not always a pleasant experience, because I find a lot there that I wish wasn’t! I find pride and arrogance and a stubborn spirit. I find I am not always quick to hear but instead am quick to express my “opinion” and even find a quick temper rising up. As I survey those things, I cannot escape what James says later in his letter when he quotes a verse from Psalm 3.
James 4:6-7: “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God.” [HCSB Psalm 3:34]
I guess I will be doing some repenting, submitting to my Father, and asking for His grace. I do not want to expose myself to the danger of pride and always thinking I am right in my opinions and views.
I do not want God to resist me! Instead, I want a humble spirit full of grace for others … as well as for myself.