Proverbs 29:23 "A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit."
There are three areas a servant should humble themselves...
~To the Savior
~To the saint
~To the sinner
Most people have no trouble humbling themselves to the Lord or to fellow saints but they find it hard to humble themselves to the sinner.
Do you want to know how I know this? Well....partly from watching other saved people and how they treat sinners and partly because I used to be unkind to sinners and think I was better than them. I'm ashamed to admit this to anyone but I thought that in order to help others...you had to have been through what that person is involved in in order to be able to help that person. By that I mean that I didn't feel I could help a person if I had never been involved in witchcraft or been a Satan worshipper or in a cult such as the Jehovah Witnesses.
Maybe you've never been this way. I pray you haven't. I pray you've always humbled yourself to sinners. If you have then praise the Lord and good for you.
I'm afraid that is a lot of the problem in churches today. Saints are not doing their part to help the sinner. Am I saying to yoke up with them? No...of course not. But we need to reach out to them and show them the love of Christ.
Jesus Christ is our example who we are to pattern our lives after. He was the humblest man to walk the face of the earth. Yes He is God but He also walked as a man. yet He was humble toward sinners. He ate with them. He talked with them and He healed them from their diseases. How many of us would even let ourselves be seen talking to someone with so much sin in their lives that it was evident on the outside.
Leprosy in the Scriptures is a picture or a type of sin. He was seen talking with men and women with Leprosy so bad that they looked disgusting. Yet He took time to talk to them and try to help them. We are afraid to even walk up to and talk to that Satan worshipper that is dressed in all black and has piercings all over their bodies. We're afraid to be seen talking to a person who is so poor they find themselves sleeping in parks and standing on the side of the road holding signs that say "I'm hungry...will work for food" and are needing help. These people are full of "leprosy" or sin. Yet we are so high and mighty in our spirit it seems that we can't take time out to try to help them or give the Lord a chance to heal these people of their "disease".
Somewhere in your life some saint reached out to you when you were a sinner and you're saved today as a result of it. May we all get convicted in this area of our Christian lives and humble ourselves to the sinner.
Proverbs 15:33 "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility."