Posted by: missionventureministries | August 29, 2019

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HUMILITY? – James 4:6 and 10

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.… Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:6 and 10)

These verses tell us that if we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, surrendering our own will, then He will give us the grace that we need to live a true Christian life, as well as exalt us in His time.

Andrew Murray calls humility “the place of entire dependence on God.” He adds “humility is not so much a virtue; it is the root of all, because it alone assumes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all…. It is simply the feeling of total surrender, which arises when we see that God really is everything, and we opened the way for Him to be all

To be humble is to have the same mindset as Jesus Christ. He existed in the form of God, but did not consider equality with God; instead, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:7-8).

Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. He did not value His own self-importance or honor, but freely gave it up in every situation so that God’s will, could be carried out and God could be glorified through His life.

The Bible says that when we are humble; we are free from pride and arrogance. We are then able to be a peacemaker without needing to fight for our rights; and are able to walk humbly in the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

We need to understand that being a humble servant of Christ requires that we submit to His leadership, regarding what we are to do, how we are to carry out His will, and where He would have us serve. There is no room for self-seeking or self-promotion; our only concern should be obedience, with the aim that God alone gets the glory.

Sometimes we become preoccupied with finding our purpose in life so we can gain a sense of usefulness and self-fulfillment. Although we do benefit from serving the Lord according to the way He has gifted us that should not be our primary motive. A humble spirit doesn’t look out for its own interests but instead thinks of others; this is the attitude Christ had. He willingly left heaven to take on human form in order to go to the cross, which was a humble act of obedience to the Father so we could be saved.

Do you have the right attitude when it comes to following Christ? Peter had to give up his personal desires and selfishness. Paul had to surrender his way and forego his position among the Pharisees. Humility in the life of the believer is the mark of greatness, not because you shine when you are humble, but because when you submit to God’s will, He shines through you.

From the world’s perspective, humility is weakness. But it is actually strength because it requires the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our natural self-centeredness. Instead of being a sign of weakness, it’s actually a sign of Christ’s life in us.

When we are humble, we can defuse arguments and we do not have to win every dispute, remembering that “a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

We can handle unfair treatment peacefully when we are humble and we can respond to it without being overcome by bitterness. Godly humility means that we do not feel a need for vengeance or retaliation; as Scripture instruct us to “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 we are humble, we can respond to and learn from criticism without being defensive, whether it is deserved or not; we can forgives and can talk courteously and lovingly, regardless of the situation; because, when we as believers listen to our Father, He lets us know that we must examine our motives and attitudes before we do anything. Even if we need to be firm or take strong actions we need to remember to “not let any unwholesome talk come out of our 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 understand and put into practice what the Bible says about humility we can live peacefully and humbly in the sight of God and our fellow men.

And, as we begin to recognize that we can do nothing of value apart from the Lord, we will have started on the road to humility. When we give up all our plans and instead accept God’s, we will be leaving our pride behind. If we are misunderstood or treated unfairly but stay where we are until the Lord tells us what to say or where to move, then we will have begun to live the humble life that pleases our Savior.

Jesus offers to be our Master Teacher so we might learn the godly lessons of humility. Remember humility is a quality every believer in Christ needs to possess because “when pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).

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