[Note: In the above passages, the word "false" has been added in some translations, because the context implies it. These people are acting "lowly" in an attempt to GAIN "SPIRITUALITY" or favor with God. The humble person the Bible speaks favorably about does NOT attempt to gain favor through lowering himself. He just desires to be honest about himself - about his lowliness before the God of creation (who deserves to be exalted above all else).
NOTE: In this section, focus on YOUR OWN humility (or lack of it), rather than trying to evaluate everyone else's humility (whether it is genuine or false)!
For every good thing, the devil tries to make a counterfeit. As far as humility is concerned, he can attempt to distort genuine humility, or he can provide an imitation where genuine humility does not exist. What are some of the ways in which genuine humility is different from counterfeits and distortions of it?
How are arrogance, pride and self-exaltation incompatible with genuine humility, but compatible with false humility?
How can false humility be used to impress others? How can it be used in an attempt to "impress" God? (It won't work, of course!) In contrast, how can genuine humility be used to impress others about God? (In other words, how can it be used to direct other's attention away from you and toward God?)
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