Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble – 1 Peter 5:5.
God says when you are humble; you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.
You are able to be a peacemaker without needing to fight for your rights. You are able to walk humbly in the power of God’s Holy Spirit, not your own personal power.
Godly humility is being comfortable with who you are in the Lord and therefore putting others first. The meaning of humility in the Bible is one of loving others, not being weak. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” – Philippians 2:3.
Jesus gave us a good example of humility in action. Although he was humble, he also was strong. I am gentle and humble in heart – Matthew 11:29.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:5-8
You can defuse arguments when you are humble and you do not have to win every argument. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger – Proverbs 15:1.
You can handle unfair treatment peacefully when you are humble and you can respond to unfair treatment without being overcome by bitterness. Godly humility means you do not feel a need for vengeance or revenge. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you – Ephesians 4:31-32.
When you are humble, you can respond to and learn from criticism without being defensive, whether it is deserved or not. Likewise, you can be aware of your failures without being emotionally devastated.
You can ask forgiveness when you are humble. Therefore, if you are offering your gift t the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you; leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” – Matthew 5:23-24.
You can talk courteously and lovingly, regardless of the situation, even if you need to be firm or take strong actions. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen – Ephesians 4:29.
When we humble ourselves, we feel strong in the Lord. We don’t need to be defensive, because when we as believers listen to our Father, He lets us know that we must examine our motives and attitudes.
We also must examine how we take action and when we do, we need to maintain a humble spirit: Jesus was meek of spirit, yet he chased the money changers out of the temple (Matthew 21:12 and Mark 11:15-16).
When we understand and put into practice what the Bible says about God and humility we can live peacefully and humbly in the sight of God and our fellow men.