Humility

1 Peter 5:6 (NIV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Yesterday, I had a very wonderful time with a dear friend . He is a young man who is passionate for God. We had a wonderful time of fellowship together sharing what God has been doing in our lives. I was deeply moved by his humility. He has certainly grown in his walk with Christ. He is quick to admit his failures and mistakes, and ask for forgiveness. I must admit, that he made think seriously about my own attitudes, especially my humility. Humility is an indispensable character trait of any Christian.  

Believers are over and over again exhorted to be humble. Humility is one of the characters that marked the life of Jesus Christ. “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to” (Philippians 2:6 – NLT). His followers are called upon to emulate His humble attitude (see Philippians 2:5). A humble person has a solid self-esteem. That person’s identity is firmly rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. A humble person is not ashamed to do menial jobs to help others who are more lowly than her. He is quick to admit his mistakes when something goes wrong. Humble people celebrate the achievements of others. They are quick to listen to others than talk at them.

This statement makes me think again and again: “God opposes the proud” (James 4:6). Pride puts you on the wrong side of God. I wouldn’t want to have God as my opponent. But the good news is: God “gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). If there is one motivation to be humble, this is it. God exalts the humble (1 Peter 5:6). He is on the side of those who willingly take on a servant’s attitude to serve others and make them successful.

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