Humility

  • Ephesians 4:1-2 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  • Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
  • James 4:6 That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
  • James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

We are to imitate Jesus and He walked this earth as a humble and submitted man. Jesus was heard by the Father because of His reverent submission (Hebrews 5:7). Paul used the following phrase in 2 Corinthians 10:1: “By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you…” Humility is not a sign of weakness but one of great strength. Jesus chose to be submissive to the will of His Father. He chose to love and put others’ needs before His. He came to serve. God calls us to humble ourselves before Him and He will lift us up. He calls us to show humility toward all men.

How to live a life of humility:
  1. Know who you are in Christ and it will allow you to humble yourself to serve others.
  2. Surrender completely to the Lord in all areas of your life. Choose Jesus as your Lord and not only your Savior.
  3. Live to please the Father and be led by the Spirit. When the flesh (emotions and will) rises up, so does pride.
  4. Live a life submitted to God that will bring Him glory. When you spend time with Him, read and obey His Word, you will be more apt to listen to His Spirit’s leading. He will direct you away from trouble. He is the Spirit of truth and He knows the things that are to come. (See topic Living a Life Led By the Spirit.)
  5. You live a life of humility one decision at a time. Every word and every action must be spoken or done in light of God’s Word.
  6. Meditate on Matthew 23:12: “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Let the revelation transform you.


Call to action:
Look at your life and identify an area where you could be more humble. Think of ways to change your behavior and put them into action. Hold yourself accountable by reviewing your behavior on a regular basis. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you with this change.