Message Series Group Discussion
The Reward of Humility, 3.26.23
The place of humbling is the place of blessing, honor and joy
2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalm 19:7-10, Luke 18:14, James 4:6, Mark, 14:29-31, 1 Peter 5:5-6, Isaiah 57:15
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, Paul discusses how he pleaded with God to remove the “thorn from his flesh.” We have probably all found ourselves pleading with God for help or healing at some point in our lives. Why doesn’t God simply answer everyones’ prayers with the “Yes” they are hoping for?
In 2 Corinthians chapter 12:5, Paul says “I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.” What is your greatest weakness/weaknesses? (What does your thorn look like?). Has God done anything in heart even in the difficulty?
If we are not conscious of our pride and allow it to escalate, we can easily resort to feeling better than others, become arrogant in our success, etc. God says that the exalted will be humbled. He opposes the proud. How can you engage differently with others with these ideas in mind?
Pastor Ron said “Water always flows to the lowest place,” a metaphor to mirror how the Holy Spirit meets us when we are in the lowliest of places. Who do you know who is currently in a season of grief, destitute or suffering? How can you meet them in their lowliness, show them God’s grace and remind them that His grace is enough?
Be intentional this week about practicing humility and eliminating pride. Pray. Ask God to reveal to you the areas you need His Grace the most. Remember, His Grace is sufficient.
Heavenly Father, You are always enough. Forgive us for all the times we have forgotten that. Thank You for meeting us in our suffering and giving us Grace so that we may face the day. Amen.