What is true humility?

To be able to figure out what true humility looks like first we need to break down the idea of what humility looks like. Humility can be defined as follows, is the quality of being modest, and respectful. Another way humility can be defined as, is the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.Just what is humility? Whatever it is, we need it to please God! Humility is defined i the bible as follows. Micah 6:8—He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Remember that God is all powerful.He owns everything. No other creature even approaches His magnificence. And yet who is it this great Being wants to dwell with? Isaiah 57:15—For this is what the high and exalted One says—    he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place,   but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Through out the Bible God puts much emphasis on humility. Humility is a state of mind. A person who is humble understands his true worth. He does not think He is better then he really is. Colossians 3:12— Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

A humble person recognizes where he is on the road to total conversion. A Christian should not “think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly [realistically, truthfully]” (Rom. 12:3). Just that alone should be eye opening that we as “Christians” are all on different aspects towards salvation. God’s timing is what we are working with not our own and with that,having a humble attitude requires a deep understanding that without God we can do nothing (John 15:5), but that through Him we can do all things (Phil. 4:13).

One example of humility Jesus gave was washing the feet of His disciples.  How do we show that now? That is an honest question so many times we back down from serving that we rather live in our cookie cuter shell of a life instead of branching out.  One way that we could even come close to that is volunteer work, http://www.opendoormission.org/volunteer help feed the homeless spend time with them. know that they have stories and lives just like you. Help work in your local food bank if your church has one. Mentor a student, I have done that in the past and I still keep in touch with them to this date. I know I am getting a little off track from humility but to be honest that is part of it. Putting others before your self. Here is a good example of that also. Say there is someone in your church that is newer, you always see them, maybe even sit with them. Why not offer to take them to lunch… find out what there story is.

Humility is the opposite of the “I-know-it-all” attitude. “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Prov. 11:2). The humble are teachable. God says, “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isa. 66:2). That is teachable humility! God is not looking for the super pastor He is looking for those who are earnestly seeking after Him.
Humility is knowing when to be inconspicuous. Jesus said we should not call attention to ourselves every time we do a good work, remember God is watching and He sees everything that we are doing.  And that is all that counts.Did you notice that the humble are told to seek humility? That’s because humility is something we grow in by degrees. Humility (meekness), one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:23), must be developed. This has been an interesting study to do. Happy Reading, Adam

 

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One thought on “What is true humility?

  1. Humility is more simple than most expect. Just not as appealing. Humility is associated with weakening one’s guard and dimming one’s light. The main focus that we have is not ourselves, but rather the image we present. Our “front”, I guess one could say. It is easier to appear humble by doing good for others than actually break down what we are to make a difference. This is what I view as true humility: going a mile further that you even think you can to make as big a difference that is possible.
    What I think of most in a christian instance is the story of the charity box in church. Many would give what they could spare in gold to put into the box and one poor woman put in all she had. Those who could afford it only placed in gold to appear humble. The old woman put her whole self out and asked nothing in return.
    To me this is true humility.

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