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Bible verses about Esteem Others Better than Ourselves
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Psalm 139:23-24   (Go to this verse :: Verse pop-up)

We have to ask God to do the same thing in our lives, especially during the time before Passover. Human nature is blind to problems in our character, so we have to ask God to show us the things that we cannot see. A main characteristic of a converted person is willingness to admit when wrong and then to repent. If we justify our faults, we may as well not bother to look for them. If we do, we will be the person who looked in the mirror, saw their faults, and then walked away doing nothing about them (James 1:23-24).

We can see many of our own faults by observing the mistakes of others, if we do not have a superior and critical attitude toward them. We have to be humble and esteem others better than ourselves before we are able to learn from their mistakes. It is a matter of being teachable.

Martin G. Collins
The Law's Purpose and Intent


 

James 3:13-18   (Go to this verse :: Verse pop-up)

One way to begin taming our tongues is to speak in meekness. Meekness is not weakness. It is knowing at all times where we stand with God, fully realizing who He is and the nature of His power in contrast to ourselves, His creation. Joshua cried out in confidence for the army of Israel to go forward; His confidence was not in himself or his leadership but totally in his awareness of God's purpose in his life, God's law to live by, and God's sovereignty over him. He was, after all, clay in the Potter's hands. If we keep this in mind, we will never have cause to feel better, more righteous, more successful, or more honorable than another.

Meekness is the ability to esteem others better than ourselves and to allow God to use us as He wills. II Timothy 2:20 shows us that God will honor whom He will. To seek honor for ourselves or to feel worthy of honor is a dead end, and it will taint how we communicate to others. We will naturally look down on them, disrespect them, overlook them, and criticize them.

Test: If we have experienced dishonor, perhaps we need to look closely to see where we have dishonored others. We all stand guilty as charged.

Staff
Are You Sharp-Tongued? (Part Two)


 

 




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