Jesus, Our Joy–Lesson 5
In our fifth lesson, we piggy back onto lesson 4 where we considered how God handles the humble. Though we see how God exalts, extends mercy and provides generously for the humble, God is not indifferent to the proud.
The week we consider signs of pride in our own hearts and Paul’s challenge to lower ourselves. With a goal of taking the low place, we are freed from the exhausting stance of defense.
When we value the interest of others above our own, we are no longer compelled to be right and are thus relieved from the burden of maintaining some reputation. We are released from the idols of greed, control, and status. we realize we don’t have anything to defend.
Paul’s words are challenging and encouraging as we discover just what it means to experience Jesus as our true joy.