A question from a blog reader came in yesterday, “How do I effectively witness to someone that wants to prove the bible wrong- with a know it all attitude in play?”
The Christian life is about humility Proverbs 3:34, “ 34Toward the(A) scorners he(B) is scornful, (C) but to the humble he gives favor.” James 4:6, “ 6But(A) he gives more grace. Therefore it says,(B) “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 1st Peter 5:6 6(M) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,”
The opposite of humility is pride. People take pride in their work. People take pride in knowledge. People take pride in possessions. When people come to the Bible an attitude of humility is necessary.
Secularists come to the Bible to “find” something that fits their system. Liberals come to the Bible to find “proof” for their beliefs. Born again believers submit to the authority, inspiration, inerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture. 2nd Timothy 3:16, “16(A) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
People who come to the Bible to prove their positions have a savior mentality. How do you deal with people who come to the Bible with an attitude of pride? First make sure your heart is right before God. Second, before speaking to the person get godly counsel. Proverbs 11:14, “14Where there is(A) no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Third pray for the person. Fourth, speak the Truth in love to the person. Fifth, listen to the person’s response and interact with their response. Sixth, after praying for them, discussing your concerns with them, continue to pray for them.
People are great at talking but often slow to speak. James 1:19, “19(A) Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person(B) be quick to hear,(C) slow to speak,(D) slow to anger;” Proud people are quick to speak but slow to listen. Really listening to someone shows you care about them.
People who are prideful do not listen to criticism. Proverbs 19:20, “20Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in(A) the future.” Proverbs 12:15, “15(A) The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Pride brings disgrace but humility wisdom. Proverbs 11:2, “2(A) When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with(B) the humble is wisdom.” Proverbs 29:23, “23(A) One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” God resists the proud but give grace to the humble. Jesus humbled Himself by becoming the God Man.
The purpose of the Incarnation was the atonement where Jesus died for sinners so they could come into relationship with God. What is your response to humility? Will you heed the Word of God or heed your own wisdom?
Proverbs 10:21, “21The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for(A) lack of sense.” Fools think they know everything but the humble are learners. Proverbs 16:22, “22Good sense is(A) a fountain of life to him who has it,
but the instruction of fools is folly.”
What will be your response to this? Will you be a fool and reject God’s Word to you or will you be wise and accept the truth about yourself? How your respond to God’s word is how you respond to criticism. Criticism is not a bad thing it is helpful to point out weak areas in our lives. Humility is not being a know it all. Humility is a life long process of admitting what one doesn’t know and growing in God’s grace.
You can also listen to me respond to this question at: http://servantsofgrace.org/2010/09/27/dealing-with-difficult-people-with-humility-and-gods-word/
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