Remember in your early days of grade school when you didn’t understand the lesson taught. It meant you had to approach the teacher for help. It took courage and bravery, but what it really required was an act of humility. Being humble is necessary in order for us to ask for help. It was slamming the ego and risking torment from your classmates later in the schoolyard.
The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. (Psalm 25:9 NKJV)
What I then discovered, and you may have too, is that when you did ask for help. The teacher would explain everything you already understood. But what you didn’t understand was not explained. That was usually my experience.
In school and in life, humility means admitting to oneself that you do not have all the answers. Access to further resources is thus required. In the Bible, humility means putting God and other persons ahead of our own selfish interests. As with other aspects of wisdom, humility will gain us much more than we sacrifice.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10 NIV)
Charles Spurgeon said that “the act of walking humbly with God, that it is a symptom of spiritual health .”
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” ( Lamentations 3:40 NIV)
Pride defeats humility, pride and humility have difficulty coexisting together. Pride makes us believe that we can solve all our own problems and life is all about us. Pride is independent of Jesus, the church, the church community and the suffering in the world. Furthermore, we focus on only our needs and wants, not the needs of others.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Whereas, humility means we cast all our cares and woes upon the Lord. The Lord is our constant source of all our strength. Our heart breaks for what the Lord’s heart breaks and we submit to God’s will. God desires that we respond to His redemptive love by living out the primary forms of love. Through justice we set right what is wrong; (to do justice); through mercy, we practice faithful love (to love kindness); therefore, by practicing justice and faithful love we walk humbly with God. Responding faithfully through humility.
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