James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, God stands against the proud, but favors the humble.
God’s grace is unending. He has a never-ending supply of it. That is why he gives you so many chances to do His will. You can’t possibly deserve any of God’s grace. He gives it liberally and for free in the hope that you will repent from doing things your way and turn to doing things His way.
God’s gift of redemption from sin can be accepted freely, without any strings attached. You are not required to do certain things in order to deserve it. If you think you are a good person and have done all the right things, you may be proud that you are such a good individual. But God doesn’t work that way. Taking pride in what you do is foolish. “Pride sprouts in the mouth of a fool.” (Proverbs 14:3) If you are proud of yourself, you will be ashamed someday. “When pride comes, so does shame, (Proverbs 11:2) You will be ashamed at the fact that all of your good deeds without faith in Christ, are worthless. If you are wise you will be humble. “But wisdom brings humility.” (Proverbs 11:2)
James quotes Proverbs 3:34 to differentiate between the proud and the humble. It is pride that causes you to act in selfish ways. It is pride that keeps you from acting in faith. It is only through true humility that you give up your will and submit to God’s will. Being humble means to consider yourself lower than all others and to give up your own desires and wants for the sake of following God’s path for your life.
When you lift yourself up by boasting and bragging, you will inevitably fall from that high place you set for yourself. “Pride comes before disaster, and arrogance before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) “Pride lays people low, but those of humble spirit gain honor.” (Proverbs 29:23)
God refuses to answer the prayer of the proud. “Then they cry out; but he doesn’t answer, because of the pride of the wicked.” (Job 35:12) If you are proud of all of your achievements, why do you need God? This is why you must humble yourself before God and give Him the glory. God will terminate pride one day. “The LORD of heavenly forces has planned a day: against all that is prideful and haughty; against all that is lofty, and it will be laid low.” (Isaiah 2:12)
Don’t take pride in anything you do. It is God who is supreme above all and it is God that grants you a way of getting to Him through Jesus Christ and not by your own efforts.