A HUMBLE SPIRIT (NO PRIDE)
In general, to be humble means that you don’t think you are better than
others. A humble individual is down to earth, whose strength and will
are yielded to the Holy Spirit.
Humility is not a false devotion. It’s not pretentious or high-minded;
is not arrogant or proud. A humble person is not egotistical, conceited,
presumptuous, or self-assertive.
Humility is modest and unassuming. It is love in its truest form, for it puts
the needs of others before one’s own.
Just what does humility look like in a practical fashion?
It is seen in someone who doesn’t have to have the last word.
It is patient with others, putting others’ needs first.
A humble one does not participate in road rage.
Humility forgives the wrongs others do against it.
It listens to and truly hears another; it isn’t merely interested
in being heard and agreed with.
A humble person submits to leadership, willingly serves, is obedient
to the Spirit of God, entrusts the outcome to the Lord, pursues peace
with all men, lovingly and peacefully confronts, is actively seeking to
reconcile others to Christ, seeks first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness. The humble trust in the Lord with all of their hearts.
They know that true promotion comes from the Lord. They celebrate
the successes of their fellow man A humble heart is quick to repent and
shun evil. Humility is only interested in pleasing God, not people. It
dismisses gossip and hearsay, seeks the truth and what is loving. The
humble take up their cross daily, feed and shelter the hungry, visit the
fatherless and widows in their distress, pray consistently, earnestly, and
fervently, and overall, they are faithful stewards and ambassadors of
God’s Word and provisions.
God does not forget the cry of the humble (Psalm 9:12b). But He
gives more grace. Wherefore He says, God resists the proud, but
gives grace unto the humble (James 4:6). Humble yourselves in
the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up (James 4:10). Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6). Better it is to be of an humble
spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the
proud (Proverbs 16:19).
May we be among the humble who live knowing our God is
always in control, freely serving Him and giving Him the glory!
By Larry Buss