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Wanting others to be better than you



I have at times said (or not said) and done (or not done) things to be more important than another. I have at times said (or not said) and done (or not done) things to be more intelligent than another. I have at times acted  like I "knew" more than another.  I have at times said (or not said) and done (or not done) things that gave the impression the purpose I was given was a product of me. I have at times acted like what I owned was a result of my hard work. I have at times acted "perfect" to be more "perfect" than another. I have been quick to accept the praise of people and have often been reluctant to speak the truth because I wanted to create a "good impression" If I done or not done, said or not said anything to be be better than anyone  I have been proud.  If in my heart I have wanted to be better than anyone, I have misrepresented the humility of God. 



One of the reasons I have struggled in life is I have been a person who has misrepresented the humility of God  

Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.
    


Humility: In everything not wanting to be better than anyone .


Humility:  being happier if others are more important, are more wanted, work harder, more correct, more perfect, are more noticed, represent God more, are more used by God, more in control, more right, know more, more loving, more humble, more nice, have more money, more friends, more family, more educated, more attention, are more popular etc, than you. 

 

  God in His heart has never wanted to be better than anyone.   He wants you to be better off, more important, more successful, more famous, more useful, etc than He Is. 

Everything He has ever done has been because He wants you to be better than Him.

You are hurting yourself if you want to be better than anyone. If you have hurt yourself by wanting to be better than anyone, God does not want to condemn you. He wants to help you turn back to wanting others to be better than you. 

1 John 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.


 1 Corinthians 13: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 


Proverbs 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
 
Isaiah 2:11 The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Deuteronomy 8:16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.


Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 16: 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

Proverbs 22:4 By Humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honour and life

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.


Psalm 25:9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.


Zephaniah 3:12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Luke 18:14 But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man,rather than the Pharisee, went home justified. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 16:15 So He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is prized among men is detestable before God.

Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 5:5  Young men, in the same way, submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.