Getting Ego Out of the Way

MAY 22, 2022
Building Healthy Relationships
I Corinthians 13:4

I Cor. 13:4 – Love is never boastful or proud.

1. What pride does to relationships.

Pr. 13:10 – Arrogance causes nothing but trouble.

It produces misunderstanding.

Matt. 7:5 – Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you’ll be able to see and take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

It provokes arguments.

Gal. 5:26 – Let us not be ambitious for our own reputations, for that only means making each other jealous.

Pr. 13:10 – Pride only breeds quarrels.

It prevents intimacy.

I John 1:6-7 – If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with each other, but if we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves.

It postpones reconciliation.

Pr. 28:13 – A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.

2. The antidote to egotism.

a. Understand my humanity.

Rom. 12:3 – Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance, but try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities.

Pr. 20:9 – Who can say, I’ve kept my heart pure. I am clean without sin?

Pr. 29:23 – Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

b. Recognize God’s grace.

I Cor. 4:7 – What are you puffed up about? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you have accomplished something on your own?

James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father.

c. Experience God’s love.

Eph. 3:18-19 – May you be able to feel and understand how long, how wide, how deep and how high God’s love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves so at last you will be filled up with God Himself!

Rom 5:8 – The proof of God’s amazing love for us is this, that while we are sinning, Christ died for us.

12 Actions Of Humility
1. Intentionally seek humility as an act of obedience.
2. Seek God’s will above my own will
3. Confess your sins to God quickly.
4. Persevere through sickness and affliction quietly.
5. Study God’s Word and live it out daily.
6. Practice praising and complimenting others.
7. Use my gifts and talents to serve others.
8. Plan regular times of fasting.
9. Be a friend to others who are going through humbling times.
10. Restrict my sarcasm.
11. Speak gently and practice silence.
12. Be modest in my appearance and actions.

See also John 6:38; Romans 8:37; I John 1:9; Psalm 22:6; Proverbs 10:14, 19; Luke14:11; Psalm 13:1-2

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