What is Humility?
We are told to “humble” ourselves before God and pray that our land may be healed.
My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2nd Chronicles 7:14
Most would say that they don’t think we should be so humble that we do not stand up for ourselves. Where exactly does humility and ego play a part in our lives? This is a big question. As individuals we form nations and surely we can’t always be humble and allow our country to be at risk from others. Almost everyone would agree today, however, that our land (nation) is in desperate need of healing. Peace on earth can never be attained unless individuals humble themselves and pray for that healing individually and collectively.
Just what does being humble mean?
Here are a few sayings that help us better understand “HUMILITY”:
Seven Characteristics and possible “Power” of a Humble Person
- You can defuse arguments when you are humble. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
- You can handle unfair treatment peacefully when you are humble. You can respond to unfair treatment without becoming bitter. Godly humility means you do not feel a need for vengeance or revenge.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
3 You do not have to put on a “false front” when you are humble. You don’t need to act like a big shot. The better you know God, the less you have to prove.
4 You can eat “humble pie” without being crushed when you are humble. When you are humble, you can respond to and learn from criticism without becoming defensive—whether it is deserved or not deserved. Likewise, you can be aware of your failures without being emotionally devastated.
5 You can ask for forgiveness when you are humble. Even if you think you are only one percent wrong, you can easily apologize for what you did wrong.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)
6 You can talk with the right attitude when you are humble. You can talk courteously and lovingly, regardless of the situation — even if you need to be firm or take strong action.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
7.Being humble does not mean being a wimp Humility does not mean groveling.
(by Doug Britton)
Watch this video that indicates how puffed up and proud we are as people. A person that was not homeless poses as one and reverses the scenario. Instead of begging or asking for money, he is giving away money to those he speaks to. It is astonishing that all photographed, except one, did not get the point of what he was doing. Instead they became proud and belligerent…still thinking of him as homeless. One even swore at him and another boasted of what he owned. If this is any indication of the average person’s thoughts and beliefs, we, as Americans, are in big trouble. Not only Americans, but anyone who sees themselves as “better”…proud and with no humility. How would you react in this situation?
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