Rom 1:28-30  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  (29)  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  (30)  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Finding humble people can be difficult to find – they are far and few apart these days. It’s sad to say the least. Today’s verses describe sins that God abhors. So much so, He gives the sinner over to a reprobate mind. What exactly is a reprobate mind? The word reprobate is defined as someone who has devoted himself to sin. They don’t care about the judgment hereafter and only care about their sinful pleasure.

I find it interesting that boasters are included with fornication, unrighteousness, etc. But they are! Is it any wonder that they are the complete opposite of a humble person? Noah Webster defines humility as:

In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.

Noah webster’s 1828 Dictionary

(Pro 15:33)  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

(Pro 18:12)  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

(Col 2:23)  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

(1Pe 5:5)  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

I was raised that I should never “honor” myself or speak of my accomplishments. But today, people brag about what they have done in life. They are proud of their accomplishments, which is fine in and of itself. But they take it a step further and brag about them.

Pro 27:2  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

What is the saddest about this is that people don’t think anything about committing this sin! How hard the hearts have gotten today. What seemed sinful yesteryear is considered OK today. We see it well depicted in the abortion issue. That was not an issue a hundred years ago except in the back alleys. But today, it is touted as a woman’s right!

The root of this sin of boasting is pride. The first sin ever committed was by Lucifer and that sin was pride.

Eze 28:17  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Isa 14:12-15  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  (13)  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  (14)  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  (15)  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Just look at Lucifer’s pridefulness and boasting in the above verses!! Friend, boasting is not of the Lord – it is of the devil. If you are guilty of this, humble yourself before the Lord. Study the Bible in the area of humbleness. Learn from God’s Word.

If you are not truly born-again, you won’t see boasting as a sin. But there is coming a time when it will be too late for you to repent and be saved. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab You Can Be Born Again and Know It!