Luke 18 Lesson

Pride and Humility

PRIDE AND HUMILITY

Our focus scripture today is  Luke 18:14 :

  • “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

God places great value on humility.  In fact, the words “ humble ” or “ humility ” are used more than ninety times throughout the Bible. 

THE PARABLE OF THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR (LUKE 18:9-14)

As you read this parable, spoken by Jesus, pay attention to the differences between the Pharisee and the tax collector.  Then ask yourselves three questions:

  1. Who demonstrated pride?
  2. Who showed humility?
  3. Which person pleased God?

  • And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteousand viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a  tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you; this man went to his house justified rather than the other;  for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Luke 18:9-14.

In this example, the Pharisee’s behavior demonstrates pride, while the tax collector’s words and actions show humility.  

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HUMBLE

  • They take the focus off themselves, and take an interest in others,
  • They do not think too highly of themselves,
  • They understand they need Jesus,
  • They serve others,
  • They build others up and do not tear others down,
  • They are pleasing to God,
  • They will be exalted!

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROUD

  • They make themselves the focus.   For example, in his prayer to God, the Pharisee says, “I” five times in two sentences.  The tax collector never does,  
  • The proud compare themselves to others and flaunt their accomplishments,
  • They put others down to try and elevate their own status,
  • They will be humbled!

FIVE BIBLE VERSES ABOUT PRIDE AND HUMILITY

  1. “When  pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the  humble is wisdom .” - Proverbs 11:2,
  2. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty (arrogant) spirit before stumbling.” - Proverbs 16:18,
  3. “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” - Proverbs 29:23,
  4. “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble .” - James 4:6,
  5. “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not be unpunished.” - Proverbs 16:5.

JESUS IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY!

As we read Luke’s Gospel, by the time that we get to chapter 18, Jesus understands that the time of His crucifixion is quickly approaching.  Because He was both God and man, Jesus experienced all the emotions that we would face if we were about to be hung on a cross to die in agony.  He got tired, frustrated, and afraid.  Yet through it all, Jesus remained laser-focused on following His Father’s commands.  He never stopped serving others.

  • “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” - Mathew 20:28.   

CONCLUSION

God wants us to take the focus off ourselves and put it on Him and on serving others. 

When Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

He responded:

  1. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment .” –   Mathew 22:37,
  2. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” –   Mathew 22:38-40.

In other words, God wants us to do exactly what His Son did:

  1. Follow His commandments,
  2. Serve others!

That is what we are here to do.  That is why we were created.  Most importantly, that is what God wants us to do!  

We will end today’s lesson with a beautiful scripture that reminds us to keep our eye on the prize, and that no matter the hardships we endure while on earth, it will all be worth it in heaven!

  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; inthe future, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. ” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8 .

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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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John
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I can speak less and listen more.

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Pat Dermody
John

Listening with the heart is truly a gift we can give others. Also it’s important to listen to God’s voice within us . Silence is a first step.

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