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The Children of Humility
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.
I could not see and recognize my sin; I would never know my need for a Savior.
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)