I am super excited to announce a guest post today by Melissa Canales from her blog: Legacy of Love! I’ve put the link to her blog at the bottom of this post, and you should definitely check out more of her posts and subscribe!
The Beauty in Humility
Worship: What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”
I’d like to start by making one thing very clear: humility takes courage, humility takes strength, and humility takes self-respect. I hope that this isn’t new to you, but I’ve come to realize that for a lot of people they are; especially for people that don’t believe in Jesus. Society has attached a negative connotation to the word humility and falsely deemed it as a sign of weakness, but that’s where the world is wrong! Being humble shows self-respect because not everyone can defy what the world acknowledges to be “normal”, only people who are sure of who they are and who God made them can do that; not everyone has the strength and courage to challenge the world and its “norms” either. I think its important that we realize that these three qualities are simultaneously a requirement to be considered a humble person, but also the result of being humble.
What is humility?
The world makes humble synonymous to submissive, unassertive, and passive. And I’m not going to lie, with that definition humble is the last thing I want to be, but thankfully the world is not the one that defines my virtues or morals, God does and God defines humility a little differently. God makes humble synonymous to patient, compassionate, kind, gentle, and willing to value others above ourselves. (1 Colossians 3:12). Now that’s something I want to be!
Why should I be humble?
Aside from developing courage, strength, and self-respect, there are a couple of other reasons to why we should be humble. First and foremost, as is seen Proverbs a handful of times, the wages of humility are vast. God PROMISES that with humility comes wisdom (Proverbs 11:12), honor (Proverbs 29:23; Proverbs 18:12), and life (Proverbs 22:24).
Wisdom, honor, and life in abundance. Hmmm… those sound like something prideful people tend to boast of often. People full of pride tend to believe themselves the most suitable at making decisions and not needing guidance from others (Proverbs 28:11 “the rich are wise in their own eyes…”) , they tend to think that everyone worships them simply because they are themselves, and they think because of their monetary “advantage” they have the best life in the world. But in those 4 verses God just invalidated all their faulty claims. Humility is the thing that brings wisdom, honor, and life, not pride!
Second, being humble allows us to fulfill our purpose of bringing more people to Jesus. I don’t know about you, but when someone talks to me in a patriarchal manner they automatically come off wrong and their words begin to mean less and less to me. How sad it would be if someone thought of us that way when we trying to tell them about Jesus! As Christians we are privileged, but God doesn’t want that to make us conceited. (“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 talk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8). Instead, in Romans 12:16 he tells us to “associate with people of low position” which, considering their separation from God, we could understand as people who aren’t Christian. Humility allows us to procure the wisdom necessary to lead someone to the Holy Spirit.
How can I be humble?
These are the three things you can do right now that will help you become humble and reap the fruit of being a virtuous Christian.
- Realize we are nothing without the Holy Spirit: Without Jesus, and without the Holy Spirit in our hearts we would be empty, we would have no purpose, no meaning. Without God we would be nothing. If you realize these things you will begin to assimilate how faulty a foundation of pride is and how solid a base of humility is. (“Humility is the fear of the Lord” Proverbs 22:4)
- Pay attention to your faults and not those of others: (“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value other above yourself” Philippians 2:3)
- Serve others every chance you get: This will take your mind and heart away from me me me mentality. (“You, my brothers and sister, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humble in love” Galatians 5:13)
Lord do not allow pride to create a void in my heart
I am nothing without you Jesus
Let me humble before you and your greatness.
Thank you for the privilege of sharing your message and preaching your word and I pray I can do so fruitfully
Help me learn to love others like I love myself; let me love to serve
Let me become a person full of virtue, compassion, patience, and kindness
In your name, Amen
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