Danger lurks on our hearts when we forget what we’ve been through and who helped us through it. Giving humble thanks is the way out.
When someone helps us through our spiritual struggles or more embarrassing moments, we tend to want to forget these times. One way we try to forget our failures is by keeping the focus on the failures of others to protect our spiritual pride.
This is very dangerous. It won’t end well.
Can you think of a tough time you went through? Who came alongside you and helped you through it? It takes humility to remember gratefully the mess you were or the mess you helped to make and who helped you through it. Are you more comfortable finding excuses and rationalizing away your wrongs? Do you grant the same moral margin to others you want for yourself? Would you rather focus on the wrongs of others?
Never forget this basic truth about God – “‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (I Peter 5:5-6).