“He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 3:34
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.
Mocking is putting others down so that you think more of yourself and think of yourself more.
Our new nature (2 Cor. 5:17) in Jesus Christ will think of God and our neighbor before we think of ourselves. Why? The new nature is guided by the greatest commands: love God with everything you are and love your neighbor as yourself.
Our old nature, corrupted by sin, always thinks of Self first. Sin always misses the mark because we aim at pleasing ourselves, rather than pleasing our Creator and Savoir and serving Him by serving others. Notice sIn always has an “I” in the center of it.
So mocking pride is very simple. It is all about me, mine, myself, and my preferences to which you and the rest of the world ought to give your full attention.
So also, humility is very simple. it is all about pleasing God and serving others. It is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.
Our Father, forgive us our pride that looks at others to mock and put them down in order to push ourselves up. Fill us with an awareness of how much You love us. May we be so secure in that awareness that we think of ourselves less and think of You more. May we have a servant’s mindset to love those around us you put into our paths by serving them in Jesus’ name with simple cups of kindness.