1 Corinthians 4:7 – Why dost thou glory?

1 Corinthians 4:7
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

John 3:27
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

-Understanding these verses is one of the primary keys to developing a proper attitude towards both God and man.  If we ever delude ourselves into thinking that what we are and what we have is in any way a result of our own doing, it will inevitably lead to some form of pride.  On the other hand, if we truly grasp the fact that we are nothing that was not built into us and that we have nothing that was not given to us, how could we be anything other than humble?  When we think of God, our first response should be one of gratitude for what He’s made for us and done for us.  When we think of other people, we should remember that they are living off the same grace and mercy that we are.

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