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The Children of Humility

Updated on March 10, 2010

Humility births…

Forgiveness

Obedience.

Trust

Faithfulness

 

For all of the above to take root in heart, there needs to be a healthy establishment of humility. Not just once but growing, expanding, overflowing. Without humility all of the above would be ‘works’, legal creations, temporal Band-Aids. Humility is a beginning seed for all the fruits of the Spirit.

Without humility

I could not see and recognize my sin; I would never know my need for a Savior.

Without humility

I would never admit that I just could not do it on my own… but that I need a Savior.

Humility recognizes my own need for forgiveness and enables me to have compassion and grace poured in…to then forgive others.

Humility helps me to see that the sacrifice of self works can never replace the joy of pure obedience. The sacrifice of self will. I am then acknowledging that there is One higher than I, more knowledgeable than I ~ to which I must bow my knee in humble submission, not question but obey.

From there humility takes me the few short steps to growing trust. Yes, I may not have the full picture, and yes, I may not understand all the why’s and how’s, but humble trust says, You, my Lord, know better than I, You alone have all the threads in Your hand, You alone are worthy to be trusted with all that is dear to my heart and I can rest. That takes humility.

Humility also brings us to faithfulness. True godly humility sees the One in whom I have faith. True godly humility enables me to walk in the life of my risen Lord ~ not needing a life of my own. True humility brings me to peaceful ~ restful ~ contentment.

Without humility ~ we may have salvation but we miss out on the life changing, life giving fruits of the Spirit. Humility brings the quiet that our souls long for as we walk within the life of Jesus. Not needing to create footsteps of our own.

Mark revealed to us that, “After Jesus sat down and told the twelve disciples to gather around him, he said, "If you want the place of honor, you must become a slave and serve others!" Mark 9:35 (CEV)

©2010 Ulrike Grace

Bible References to Humility

The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.(Pro 15:33ESV)

Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.(Pro 18:12ESV)

The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.(Pro 22:4 ESV)

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do His just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD. (Zep 2:3 ESV)

serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;(Act 20:19ESV)

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,(Eph 4:2 ESV)

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.(Php 2:3 ESV)

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,(Col3:12ESV)

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."(1Pe 5:5 ESV)

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    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Humility, one of the greatest lessons any of us needs to learn....and from my own experience I believe it's one we learn progressively taking the believer to a deeper and deeper understanding of what humility is.

      Blessings to you, thanks for stopping to read

      UlrikeGrace

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      Karen Metz 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I really like what you say about humility. I am tryig to teach my kids this one. :-)

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Bless you Deborrah and thank you so much for coming and having a read. I am glad this blessed you.

      Love & Grace

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      UlrikeGrace, Wonderful hub! I so like what you say about humility: "True godly humility enables me to walk in the life of my risen Lord ~ not needing a life of my own. True humility brings me to peaceful ~ restful ~ contentment." Amen! Thank you for sharing, In His Love & Blessings!

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Amen...that is the question is it not? Are we willing? For that it takes some humble time before the Spirit so He can shine His truth seeking Light into our souls and show us what the truth really is. Great comments, thanks for sharing your wisdom with us all.

      Blessings to you

      UlrikeGrace

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      rls4immanuel 

      8 years ago

      Very good Ulrike Grace. Being humble before God is essential for our maturing as followers of Jesus Christ. Our Lord and Savior perfectly displayed the attitude of humility and He only calls us to follow. This is a very challenging mission for us as we have been raised in such a pride filled, I can do it world. All praise to our mighty God who proclaimed this truth. All things are possible with God. His challenge to us is, are we willing?

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Pamela, it is a lesson we learn again and again but one that is so basic and foundational to the rest of our walk in the Lord.

      Blessings to you

      UlrikeGrace

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wonderful hub about humility. It is so important. Great hub.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you coffeesnob, Humility is definitely a subject the Lord has been working with me on...and I am slowly coming to grips with. Humility in the economy of God is not the same as what the "world" makes it out to be. I believe it is my most fervent prayer..."grant me humility Lord"

      Thanks for popping in coffeesnob, hope all is well in your corner of God's kingdom...

      Love ya

      UlrikeGrace

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      "Humility helps me to see that the sacrifice of self works can never replace the joy of pure obedience"

      How few would think that righteous acts could ever be the product of pride, but unless those acts ar ea result of obedience in Christ they just that - pride. What a beautiful and well thought out hub. thank you

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      RevLady, I always look forward to your comments to my hubs, they are full of nuggets and encouragements!

      I agree, we are children of humility...and we Must, Must let humility do its life changing work in our lives to be able to live life to the fullest and in abundance as Jesus promised. I learned this so late in life...but I am glad I am in the process now with my Savior.

      Blessings to you sweet one

      UlrikeGrace

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I think that if we seek His righteous and keep our focus on God by submitting to His will, humility will come naturally. For me, there is nothing in which to boast except Christ Jesus and Him crucified.

      A wonderful hub that reminds us the benefits of humility and God's opposition to pride. As Christians, I trust we are all "Children of Humility." Love and peace!

      Forever His,

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you McKenzie...I appreciate your encouragement and the words of affirmation. Have been enjoying immensely your series with UG...again I appreciate all the work you two are doing on that.

      Blessings to you

      UlrikeGrace

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      Susan Ream 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Dear Lady, This was Beautiful. The way you layed out the fruits here and then made the case for humility to be laid down first was brilliant. I had not thought of it in this light before .. but the truth of it is awesome! Thanks for the revelation. The verses on humility were foundational and revealing. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."(1Pe 5:5 ESV) I look forward to reading more of your hubs. God Bless you!

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