The same sun that hardens clay also melts wax. In the same way, the message of God’s grace harden’s the heart of the proud and softens the heart of the humble. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Why is grace only available to the humble? Because only the humble will receive it. The humble will always find God to be gracious and compassionate.
Classic Christianity, Harvest House, 1989, 186.