If we do not struggle with pride…we are most likely prideful! We tend not to be humble when we are prideful…they do not mix well.
My struggle with this is what humility looks like in different personality types. The calm, quiet type is usually viewed as humble, but what about the type ‘A’ personality? What about the loud, funny or passionate personality? …or whatever other temperaments are out there.
On this journey to get answers, I first went to the dictionary to look up the word humble. A part of the definition from Dictionary.com is:
courteous, respectful, as in: ’In my humble opinion you are wrong.’
I can wrap my head around what that looks like.
Next, I checked out the bible for verses that spoke to the issue.
“When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom. The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the falseness of the treacherous will destroy them.” (NAS, Proverbs 11:2-3)
“Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” (NAS, Proverbs 15:17)
The I checked out a few web pages and found these quotes:
Humility or humbleness is a quality of being courteously respectful of others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, and vanity.
Humility dissipates anger and heals old wounds.
Humility allows us to see the dignity and worth of all God’s people.
A humble demeanor is not a denial of our worth as individuals. Rather, it is the tool that allows us, insofar as possible, to be on good terms with all persons.
By humility we acknowledge that God created us for his purposes and not for our self-glorification. By humility we acknowledge the dignity of all God’s people.
Finally, I read an article entitled 7 Marks of Humility by Paul Tautges. Here are portions of that article.
God’s leadership principles are the complete opposite of man’s. Consider just one. If a man wants to go up then he goes up. If he wants to climb the corporate ladder then he climbs (often stepping on a good number of others in the process). If a man wants to sit in the most important chair at the banquet then he sits there. It’s as simple as that. But in God’s economy of glory the way up is not up; it is down. It is the one who sits in the most obscure chair in the room who may be asked to sit in the chief place (Lk 14:7-10). It is the one who becomes the servant of all who will one-day be the most important in the kingdom (Mk 10:43). It is not the one who practices role reversal that will be lifted up, but rather the one who submits to God’s orderly structures of authority (1 Pet 2:18-20).
Take a few minutes to read Philippians 2:1-11.
- Humility begins in the mind. … the unifying glue in every Christian relationship—begins in the mind.
- Humility is a conscious choice of the will. … resolve to “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit.”
- Humility is an attitude of the heart. … heart attitude of love. Truly, as Jesus loved the twelve…with an everlasting love, “He loved them to the end” (Jn 13:1) so He has loved us. Hence the apostle’s call to have “this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (v. 5).
- Humility lowers oneself, while at the same time entrusts the possibility of any future exaltation to God. … He lowered Himself to “the form of a bond-servant” by being made in the likeness of men (v. 7).
- Humility’s earthly end is death. … Jesus humbled Himself “to the point of death” (v. 8). The Author of life subjected Himself to death—the just punishment reserved for sinners who defied the Creator’s first command (Gen 2:17).
- Humility accepts the likelihood of earthly shame. …Crucifixion was the most humiliating form of torture known and practiced by the Romans. Jesus knew this ahead of time…before He chose to submit His will to the Father’s good pleasure to crush Him (Isa 53:10).
- Humility’s heavenly end is exaltation. “Therefore” says it all (v. 9). The eventual result of the voluntary humiliation of Jesus is His exaltation to the Father’s right hand and the receipt of “the name which is above every name.”
So, now that you have read these thoughts…what are yours?