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How to Make and Eat (Truly) Humble Pie

Humble Pie: How to Make It


Instruction in Wisdom (Prov. 15:33)
Fear of the Lord (Prov. 22:4)
Gentleness and Patience (Eph. 4:2)
Compassion, Kindness, and Meekness (Col. 2:12)
A Contrite Spirit (Isa. 66:2)
Understanding of Heart (Dan. 10:12)
Childlikeness (Matt. 18:4)
Gentleness (2 Cor. 10:1)
Repentance (2 Cor. 12:21)
Obedience (Phil. 2:8)


Before beginning, prepare your spirit with a generous coating of repentance. Neglecting this important step will result in great disappointment with your final product.

Add gentleness and patience, then mix thoroughly with compassion, kindness and meekness.

Sift mixture, being careful to remove any of the following: haughtiness (Prov. 18:12; Prov. 11:12), wickedness (Ps. 147:6) and loftiness (Isa. 2:11).

Special care must be taken to avoid any self-rising ingredients (Ezek. 17:14, 14:1118:14).

Add as much wisdom as you can get your hands on, as this will ensure that your methods are accurate (Ps. 25:9).

After the mixture is complete, dredge yourself in it (1 Peter 5:5), doing what you can to ensure that your fellow believers are covered as well. Be as gentle as possible with them, holding their needs above your own (Phil. 2:3).

Season well with justice and an additional sprinkle of kindness; now it’s time to walk (Mic. 6:8).

You will know you are on the path to success when you are contrite in spirit and tremble at His Word (Isa. 66:2).

Service is a delectable accompaniment to your humble pie (Acts 20:19).

Please note: You will need to make a fresh pie from scratch daily, and you will likely have many botched attempts. If you find yourself struggling and need further instruction, follow the example of the Master (Phil. 2:8). Happy humbling!

And Eat It, Too

Friends, true humility is not a quick and easy thing to learn. Just like my grandma’s pie crust (which I still can’t get to turn out after 20 years of homemaking), it will be a learning process for the rest of my life and yours. Thankfully, we have the Word as our guide, the Spirit as our Helper, and a loving Father who is quick to show us our sin and merciful to forgive it. Will you begin another attempt at making humble pie today?

I will praise the name of God with a song;
   I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox
   or a bull with horns and hoofs.
When the humble see it they will be glad;
you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

For the LORD hears the needy
   and does not despise his own people who are prisoners (Ps. 69:30–33, emphasis added).

This article originally appeared here.