The importance of humility can not be overstated. The Bible tells us God gives grace to the humble, he sustains the humble, he lifts them up, he guides them in what is right, he saves them, he exalts them and they are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Yet he opposes the proud, he mocks them, he brings them low, and he detests them. Humility sets us free. Pride causes us to fight constantly with others and God. There is nothing more exhausting than struggling against an all powerful ever present God every day of our lives. There is freedom in submitting to his ways even when there is pain in the surrender. The following scriptures have helped me to understand what it means to have a humble heart.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
1. Humility seeks God’s way. Pride thinks it knows everything. Humility knows God’s ways are higher. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Is. 55:9″
2. Humility turns from my way. Pride wants my way. Humility is teachable.
3. Humility submits to God’s ways. Pride stands firm. Humility is willing to yield to another.
2 Chron. 34:27 “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.”
1. Humility responds to conviction. Pride stands its ground, and ignores the voice of God.
2. Humility is grieved by its sin. Pride mocks righteousness.
Isaiah 8:21 “There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.”
1. Humility sacrifices to depend on God.
Proverbs 6:3 “Then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!”
1. Humility admits when its wrong not only to God, but to the people it concerns.
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
1. Humility does not exalt itself. It only exalts God and in return is raised up by Him.
1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
1. Humility stays under God’s hand. It does not seek to make its own way or trust its own timing. Instead it depends on God to provide, and waits for his timing.
John 1:23 “John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”
1. Humility knows who it is. As children of God we have the righteousness of christ. False humility is under condemnation. When we depend on our own works to condemn us then we must also rely on our own works to save us. Self-righteousness fosters pride, but receiving Christ’s righteousness is humbling.
John 1:20 “He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.”
1. Humility knows who it is NOT. No one really claims to be Christ, but do we try to act like someone’s christ in a relationship? Do we try to save others? This is called enabling, and often keeps the very person we are trying to save to ever find the true savior.
2. Humility knows who it is. We have been adopted by God, grafted into his family. We have received Christ’s righteousness. We have been set apart, made holy and blameless in his sight. All of this not of ourselves. We were helpless to save ourselves. Our righteousness was like filthy rags. But Jesus paid it all, and all to him we owe. Receiving this gracious gift from God humbles us.
These scriptures give us a better understanding of how to be humble. In doing so we position ourselves to be blessed by God, have more fulfilling relationships, and destines us for greatness. The way up is down. God has called us not to be above others, but to be beneath them. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great. Luke 9:48