A Humble Heart
"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled (ranked below others who are honored or rewarded), and he who humbles himself (keeps a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly) will be exalted (elevated in rank)."
(Luke 14:11, AMP)
Humility is not a natural human instinct. However, humility can be obtained when we recognize our dependence on God and have a genuine respect for all His people. Christ put on the ultimate act of humility by showing us and clearly proving His love for us when He died on the cross for us even while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
Many cringe at the word "humility" because it has been wrongly associated with someone who is weak and walks with their head hung low. This is not the true meaning of humility. After all, Christ walked in humility and gave His life in exchange for the lives of sinful men; proving that He was One of great strength. Anyone can walk in selfishness, but it takes a great man or woman of God to walk in strength and to think of the needs of others before themselves.
To walk in humility is to be one that is humble-minded and humble in spirit. Being humble and meek should not be used simultaneously with one who is weak.
The opposite of humility is pride and selfishness. Pride and self-exaltation have no place in the life of the godly. Unfortunately, due to our sinful nature, these are human characteristics that DO come naturally. Think of a child who lies or steals a piece of candy. No one had to teach a child to sneak a cookie from the cookie jar ... it's a basic human instinct. We are all born with this manner of selfishness. But once we are mature in Christ, the Spirit of God that indwells within us no longer has the desire to do those things that are contrary to the Spirit. Thus, believers should take note to walk in humility, be Christ-minded, and put the needs of others before themselves.
"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
C. S. Lewis
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .