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Daily Living – Episode 56 – Brian Mcdougall

Daily Living – Episode 56 – Brian Mcdougall

Service Over Self

Author: Pastor Brian McDougall

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

While I Peter 5:5-7 is largely about Pride and Humility, let’s take a deeper dive on these two words and see what impact they have on sharing the Gospel.

Pride can be defined as someone that has an unduly high opinion of oneself. A prideful person can be arrogant, haughty and conceited.

There are many characteristics of being prideful, but here are 5 typical ones:

  1. Always wanting to be the center of attention, self-centered.
  2. Reluctant to accept constructive criticism
  3. A name dropper, trying to impress
  4. Not teachable, a know it all
  5. Not likely to listen to advice from others

Since most people are repelled from prideful people it makes it really hard to be “close to someone far from God”. A Prideful attitude is not conducive to Gospel conversations.

Humility on the other hand can be defined as freedom from pride or arrogance. Putting others’ needs before your own. In fact one of Idlewild’s values is about humility we say it this way, “Service over Self”.

There are many characteristics of being humble, but here are 5 typical ones:

  1. Teachable
  2. Grateful
  3. Treats others with respect
  4. Patient
  5. Celebrates the accomplishments of others

We are all drawn to humble people aren’t we? We feel safe with them. We don’t have to worry about them talking bad about us or bad about others.

Humble people are effective for the Gospel because people are drawn to them. A humble attitude is a promoter of Gospel conversations.