Understanding Humility

You cannot live a holy life without humility. Humility works in direct harmony with holiness, whereas pride clashes with holiness. God hates pride!

This may surprise you, but I have often said that, when it comes to humility, I want to be as humble as God. Yes, God is humble in heart, and His heart resonates with those who are of a humble and contrite spirit.

The Prophet Isaiah wrote:

“Thus says the high and lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy, ‘I dwell in the high and holy place with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ” (Isaiah 57:15 NKJV)

Yes, the One who created the heavens and the earth, who sits upon a fiery throne, and has thunder and lightning flashing from His being, desires only to dwell with those who are humble.

You may ask: If humility is so important to God, how do we develop it in our lives? The answer is simple: You have to humble yourself!

The Apostle James wrote:

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10 NKJV)

This may surprise you, but no where in the Bible are you ever told to ask God to humble you. Instead, you are told to humble yourself! You humble yourself by regarding everyone else around you as more important than yourself. It is the attitude of your mind and heart.

The Apostle Paul wrote this about humility:

You cannot live a holy life without humility. Humility works in direct harmony with holiness, whereas pride clashes with holiness. God hates pride!

This may surprise you, but I have often said that, when it comes to humility, I want to be as humble as God. Yes, God is humble in heart, and His heart resonates with those who are of a humble and contrite spirit.

The Prophet Isaiah wrote:

“Thus says the high and lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy, ‘I dwell in the high and holy place with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ” (Isaiah 57:15 NKJV)

Yes, the One who created the heavens and the earth, who sits upon a fiery throne, and has thunder and lightning flashing from His being, desires only to dwell with those who are humble.

You may ask: If humility is so important to God, how do we develop it in our lives? The answer is simple: You have to humble yourself!

The Apostle James wrote:

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10 NKJV)

This may surprise you, but no where in the Bible are you ever told to ask God to humble you. Instead, you are told to humble yourself! You humble yourself by regarding everyone else around you as more important than yourself. It is the attitude of your mind and heart.

The Apostle Paul wrote this about humility:

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind (humility of mind) 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.” (Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV)

Even though we may be humble, we must also realize that pride can raise its ugly head at any moment, so we need to constantly humble ourselves when dealing with others. And, because we are humble, we should not consider ourselves better than others, more important than others, or more holy or righteous than others. Our righteousness and holiness are before God and before Him alone.

There is nothing that grieves God more than those who think they are better than others. That is self-righteousness, and God cannot stand it. Instead, God loves it when we esteem others as more important than ourselves and their needs as more important than our own. That is the secret to walking in true humility!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

P.S: This post is dedicated in loving memory to my mother, Rosella Smith, who went up to Glory, on Saturday,  April 5th.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

[All quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

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