Humility

Have you ever looked at the word humble and asked your self what it truly means?  We hear the term humble abode or one will say “I humbly come before you”.  What do they mean?  The word humble actually has many definitions depending on how it is used.  Merriam-Webster gives the following definitions:

            Not proud or haughty

            Not arrogant or assertive

            Reflecting expression or offering in a spirit of submission

            Low in rank or condition

            To make modest

God expects us to live our lives as servants and to put others before ourselves.  In Philippians 2, Paul is speaking to Christians in Philippi and is telling them that if they are to find any comfort in Christ or being a Christian they must be of the same mind or attitude and find fellowship and love as one but they must NOT (v3) “let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind of let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”   So in Philippians 2: 3-4 Paul actually gives us the definition of humble. 

There are verses regarding humble spread throughout the Old and New Testament, actually according to the website bible.know-jesus.com, there are 72 verses in the Bible regarding humility.  This is a concept that God wants us to understand.   God shows favor to those that are humble (not proud, not arrogant, modest, see themselves as not above others) and he tells us this in James 4:8 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  In Psalms 25:9 David tells us “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”  But doesn’t that make sense, only the humble learn because they are the only ones that realize they do not know it all.  But most importantly James tells us in 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Just remember that as Christians we are here to serve God, learn from God, and love God.  It is our job to teach his message and one can teach through word and deed.

Have a Blessed Day and may you remain humble.

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