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Humble yourselves in the eyes of the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)
Jesus Christ said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matt. 23:12) Sin means missing the mark of perfection, which we simply do from birth. However, sin is also anything not in agreement with, conflicting with, God’s character, values, morals, ethics, and ideals, as well as his will and purposes, i.e., anything that can stain our relationship with God. Therefore, we must humble ourselves before God, not thinking more of ourselves than necessary. King David said, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Ps. 51:17) We can do nothing that will restore our relationship with God, aside from confessing our sins to him and accepting our human weaknesses. Thus, we need to remove our sinful nature’s self-important or carefree attitude. We must come to the realization that our self-worth is in the fact that God created our parents and he loves faithful humanity; then, we will find favor. If we do this, we will have a feeling of intense or extreme happiness or exhilaration, knowing the sin has been removed by Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. (Matt 20:28; Rom 5:12; 1 John 2:1) Yes, God will renew our disposition, and we can then feel free from any hypocrisy in our sharing of God’s loving-kindness, as well as of his will and purposes.
Humble yourselves in the eyes of the Lord. Humble: (עָנִי ani ταπεινός tapeinos) refers to a modest, unassuming, and straightforward person, who lacks arrogance, hubris, or pride (Prov. 3:34; Zech. 9:9) This person here can have suffered greatly at the hands of Satan’s world. Going through suffering and pain emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. In other words, this person is willing to be counted with his spiritual brothers and sisters in the eyes of the world as nothing. Just as Jesus died being accused of blasphemy by the Jewish religious leaders and a criminal of the Roman government, this humble spirit will motivate this one to do the same regardless of his station in life.
And he will exalt you. God will elevate us from the state of a broken-hearted, contrite, and remorseful child who seeks forgiveness. He will wipe our tears away, strengthen our hearts, and fill us with the joy of knowing the hope that we have in him that he will clothe you with the garments of salvation. See Luke 15:22.