HUMILITY: As I Knew It!

23 04 2009

Humility or being humble is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better and more important than others and the opposite of humility is pride.

The term “Humility” is derived from latin word “humilis”, which is translated not only as humble but also alternatively as “low” or “from the earth”. Because of the concept of Humility addresses intrinsic self-worth, it is emphasized in the realm of religious practice and ethics where the notion is often made more precise and extensive. Humility is an important religious and spiritual virtue. (slightly paraphrased from Wikipedia, online free encyclopedia)

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yeah, all of you be subject to one another, and be clothed with HUMILITY: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the HUMBLE.” (I Peter 5:5)

Humility or humbleness is a quality of being courteously respectful to others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastful, and vanity. Rather than, “Me First” humility allows us to say “No, you first my friend”. Humility is the quality that lets us go more than halfway to meet the needs and demands of others.

Friendships and marriages are dissolved over angry words. Resentments divide families and co-workers. Prejudice separates race from race and religion from religion. Reputations are destroyed by malicious gossip. Greed puts enmity between rich and poor. Wars are fought over arrogant assertions.

Humility as a virtue is a major theme in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament, and Jesus displayed the best example of humility. Humility is what we need to live in peace and harmony with all people regardless of what their beliefs and race. Humility dissipates anger and heals old wounds. It allows us to clearly see the dignity and worth of all God’s people. Humility distinguishes the wise leaders from the arrogant power-seeker.

Acting in humility does not in anyway deny our own self-worth, rather it affirms the inherent worth of all persons. Some would consider humility to be a psychological malady that intereferes with “success”. (quoted from http://www.christianbiblereference.com/humility.htm)

Humility made it possible for us to be subject to one another. Being subjected to one another as what Peter calls for, is that we are answerable to one another. Regardless of power, position, and possessions, we are subject to one another. We will be held accountable to one another. Holding this principle can only be true when we are covered with humility.

Humility suppresses harshness in our dealings and communications. Of course we have our own personal weaknesses, but if we fully understand what humility really is, those weaknesses will somehow be prevented from being executed in our lives. Humility is about being sensitive to the importance of other’s well-being. If we are clothed with humility this will be true to us, and if this will be true to us, then we can prevent from being a threat to our fellows in different aspects in life.

During my browsing on the net, my attention was caught from a very interesting article about the ten (10) reasons why we need to develop humility in our lives. I wanna share with you those ten;

1. Humility is a commandment. – of God’s all commandments one of the most important is to be humble. Because without humility, we can’t obey God’s other commandments. We can’t be submissive, gentle, patient and long-suffering. We can’t be willing enough to do the Lord’s will in our lives if our hearts are full of pride-the opposite of humility. We must develop true humility to be able to submit and subject ourselves to God’s other commandments. Remember what God said in Micah 6:8 “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and love mercy, and to walk HUMBLY with thy God?”

2. We cannot enter God’s kingdom without Humility. – this is true, God clearly said in the scripture that without humility we cannot enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 18:3-4 ” (3) and said, verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (4) whosoever therefore shall HUMBLE himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

3. Humility is required for forgiveness. – to be forgiven of our sins we need to be humble. Developing humility is a part of repentance process. the Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 ” If my people, which are called by my name, shall HUMBLE themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

4. Humility needed for Answered prayers. – if we are to recieve answers to our prayers we must be humble.

5. Humility shows gratitude. – giving sincere thanks to God, and others, requires humility.

6. Humility opens the door. – only with humility that God will open the door for us when we are searching for the truth.

7. Humility leads the way to the truth. – only with humility that we can see the true path of truth, since humility makes us more sensitive to God’s will.

8. Humility is required in baptism. – being baptized, is an act of humility, just as what Jesus did when John the Baptist baptizes Him in the River of Jordan.

9. Humility made it possible for us to be controlled by His Holy Spirit.

10. Humility is needed to convert weaknesses into strenght.

Those ten are just some of the reasons why we need to develop humility. Maybe in your own life, it’s more than that. But it’s a great blessing to have these ten.

There are many passages in the Bible that shows and emphasized humility and being humble. In fact in the parable of the Prodigal Son, It takes so much humility in the side of the son to decide and go back to his father’ house. It takes so much effort to be humble for him to see clearly his fault line. In the fathers side it humility that made it possible for him to dearly and continually love his son after all his son has done to him.

Jesus is the best example of all in displaying true humility. Jesus submits himself to be crucified in our place. He is powerful, and mighty enough to consume all those people, but He chooses to be humble and in full submission just for us. What a wonderful Humility!

Disputes between churches, people, and countries cannot be fully resolve without both side embracing humility. The real problem with people going against each other is that they keep in their own minds that their RIGHT, and that the other person is wrong, likewise, the other person feels the same thing, and that’s where the problem proliferates, because nobody admits failure and nobody recognizes other’s rights. Only humility breaks the barrier and will completely heals the wounded hearts.

By Jesus Christ’s humility, the broken relationship between man and God was completely healed, that’s how powerful humility is. No wonder why it is always been considered one of the greatest virtues in the Bible.

When King David fall down to God with all humility because of what he did, God was stirred and restores King David. There are other great people in the Bible that humbled themselves towards God and has gain favor from God’s sight.

God didn’t change through time. He is an unchanging God of all. If He’s been stirred by people in ancient times through humility, we can do it right now, if we just choose to do it. Everytime we fall, He keeps on reminding us in to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will surely lift us up.

Leaders of this country, leaders of the church, and all servants of God, only humility will cleanse out your heart from all arrogance and self-righteousness and be a better, reliable, trustworthy, and responsible leader in your respective areas of duty.

If you want to put smile in God’s face, HUMBLE thyself….

-daryl-

check daryls blog: http://marcatz18.blog.friendster.com/

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