I have been meditating on this question and answer for some weeks. Writing about humility seems a daunting task. Here is what the Holy Spirit revealed to me during my study.
I decided I needed to get a firm understanding of what humility is. According to Webster, humility is the state of being humble which is showing awareness of one’s defects or shortcomings, not being proud, being modest or unpretentious. In searching scripture for references to humble, I found a pattern of benefits God promises to bestow on the humble person. Jesus is our example to follow as Matthew 11:29 Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” As a Christian striving to be more and more like Jesus, humility should be a high priority for us. Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “
Humility is a high calling of every Christian and helps us reflect our Lord and Savior to the world. But, what is in it for us? I was shocked to learn that the calling to humility is laden with benefits from God. He wants us to emulate His Son and be humble. God provides us with motivation to strive in that direction. The first benefit of humility that I discovered is salvation. Psalm 149:4 “For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.” Next, wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace , but with humility comes wisdom.” Then, guidance and teaching. Psalm 25:9 “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” Also, grace or unmerited favor from God. Proverbs 3:34 “He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.” Plus, esteem. Isaiah 66:2b “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” Lastly, exaltation from God. Matthew 18:4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ” Matthew 23:12 “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. What a list of benefits God promises to the one who strives for humility. God promises those that are humble- salvation, wisdom, guidance, teaching, grace, esteem and exaltation! God knows that humility is not easy and will take constant walking with Him, being obedient and submissive to His will so the rewards are incredible and only ones our Lord could give us. Humility has eternal value for our character.
On the flip side of this, one scripture sticks in my mind. James 4:6 “But he gives more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” Who in their right mind would want to oppose Almighty God? Holding onto our pride and walking pridefully puts us in opposition to Sovereign God. That’s not a place I want to be!
So as you consider humility and pride today, what is your goal? Are you striving to align yourself with God, walk in His ways and seeking to follow Jesus’ example? Or are you rooted in pride, living for yourself and what you can achieve? I pray that the list of benefits I discovered in God’s Word will encourage and motivate you today to seek more than ever to walk in humility.
Loved these quotes I found