“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” —Proverbs 16:18 (ESV)
In today's world, many view self-confidence as an important character trait. But when does self-confidence become simply another word for pride? In this selection of sermons, Alistair Begg urges us to look at Jesus’ example of humility and be willing to serve others.
Thinking well of oneself is one of the highest values in our society. Our schools and counseling programs burgeon with programs to help people in this area. So why does the Bible treat it as a problem? Is it an asset, or our most pervasive and subtle enemy?
Humility and grace go hand in hand. The more we understand God’s grace, the more humble we should become. Alistair Begg reminds us that living a humble life involves serving others, regularly asking God for forgiveness, and remembering our utter dependence on Him. A life marked by humility thinks so much of God that there is little room left for thoughts of self.
Everyone is naturally inclined to proud self-assertion, but humility and mutual submission should be evident in the lives of believers. Alistair Begg urges us to consider that real unity is a response of reverence for Jesus, who gave Himself for us. As we are increasingly under the control of God's Word and the Lordship of God's Son, the Holy Spirit will produce genuine unity among the people of God.
We live in a self-saturated culture that mocks humility and celebrates pride. Christians, however, are called to live differently. A proper understanding of God’s grace allows us to exercise a godly humility that is revealed in our relationships and actions. In this message from Peter’s first epistle, Alistair Begg exhorts us to live humbly in response to God’s grace and mercy.
One of the most striking examples of Jesus’ humility occurred on the night He was betrayed: the Creator washed the feet of the disciples He had created—including His betrayer. Reflecting on this meaningful act, Alistair Begg examines Christ’s humility as He began His journey to the cross. To be like Christ, we too must be willing to stoop down and serve those around us—not only our friends, but also our enemies.