In today’s world, humility is a concept that often gets overlooked or downplayed. We elevate and celebrate individuals who loudly proclaim their accomplishments, confidently flaunt their skills, and never hesitate to take credit. Yet, as followers of Christ, we are called to live by a far different standard. We are called to value modesty, selflessness, and voluntarily lifting others up before ourselves. Throughout the Bible, we find story after story of God resisting the proud yet extending grace to the humble. Christ himself demonstrated perfect humility in taking on human flesh, submitting to death on a cross, and humbly serving those society had cast aside. His own life and character point to the profound spiritual power and blessings that flow from humility.
Here are a few Bible passages to encourage you to embrace a spirit of humility.
Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” We are called to put aside selfish pride and consider others’ needs before our own.
1 Peter 5:5-6 – “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” Approaching life with humility prepares our hearts to receive God’s grace.
Proverbs 11:2 – “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” A prideful attitude stunts our spiritual growth. It is the humble who grow in wisdom and honor.
Walking in humility does not often come naturally. We often desire recognition and thirst for status and recognition. But, as believers, we must ask God to cultivate within us a spirit of humility. This comes not by beating ourselves up, but by submitting our hearts to God, turning our focus to honoring others, and embracing the joy of lifting up Christ through lowly service. 1 Peter 5:5 says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” May we reflect His heart through lives marked by humility.
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