Do you have more conflicts than conversions? More disputes than disciples? If so, growing in humility may be what you need to avoid your next potential argument. Susan Lutz explains why.
Takeaways and additional thoughts …
- The proud person can fall into the trap of believing his flaws are minor, so he can be tempted to think the person who complains about his flaws is making a big fuss about nothing. In reality, his pride keeps him from seeing the impact of his sin or weakness on others.
- If you realize you’re already a mess, you won’t be so surprised/angry when someone points out your failure or weakness.
- Instead of being defensive when people point out your flaws and mistakes, you can be thankful, as they’ve made you more aware of your need for Christ’s forgiveness and righteousness—and more thankful for them.
Humbly recognizing your flaws and the impact they have on others will keep you out of a lot of conflict. This recognition also has the potential to help you genuinely respond to criticism with thanksgiving.
If you’re wondering whether you’re humble, think about how you respond to criticism. Your response to it can be a pretty good indicator of how humble you are. And if you’re really looking for reasons to appreciate the grace of God more, ask your friends and family how well you respond to criticism.