SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In the second verse we read about how, even if we do the right things in other’s eyes, God sees what our motives are. He’s just as concerned with why we do things as he is with what we do.
- There are many verses that speak favorably about humility, such as verse 18 that says "pride goes before destruction."
- Verse 31 may sound like it's a comment on appearance, but it's actually talking about growing old and living a life following the Lord. This is attained through righteous living.
- What would God see if he looked at the motive behind the good things you do? Is humility a character trait you value in yourself as much as God does? Do you carefully use your words to bring healing to those around you?
- We should always check our motives to make sure they are selfless and God-honoring.
- Pride is a particularly dangerous motive. If we are doing something just because we want to impress others or make ourselves look better, that flies in the face of the humility God urges us to show.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Is there an area of your life where pride is increasing? Ask God to bring areas of pride to your attention, and to show you how to eliminate that pride so you can grow closer to him.