Be Honest About Your Own Imperfections – September 27, 2016
Proverbs 11:2, When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.
My current sermon series at Cottonwood Creek is titled, Relationship Goals God’s Way. The first goal we examined was- let love reign in all your relationships. This week’s goal (goal number 2) challenges us to let humility be the hallmark of our attitudes. If you missed any of my earlier thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com .
Here’s the second thought on humility this week: be honest about your own imperfections. A Greek philosopher named Epictetus once said, “If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you, but answer, ‘They must be ignorant of my other faults, else they would not have mentioned these alone.’” Did you get that? He said, if someone points out a fault, don’t defend yourself. Instead, be honest that it is not your only fault.
Proverbs 11:2 puts it this way, “When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.” In other words, pride denies that we have made mistakes or makes excuses for our mistakes. But humility and honesty bring wisdom. So today, if someone points out a shortcoming in your life, don’t defend it or deny it, simply acknowledge it and grow from it. After all, humility is the foundation of every great relationship.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton,Ph.D