Humility Topical Study

<p><strong><span class="heading-lg">Humility in Scripture</span></strong></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">2 Chronicles 7:14</a>, humble yourselves, pray, seek God</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Proverbs 11:2</a>, wisdom is with the humble</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Proverbs 18:12</a>, humility goes before honor</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Micah 6:8</a>, what does the Lord require you?</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Matthew 11:29-30</a>, follow the example to be gentle and humble</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Matthew 23:10-12</a>, the greatest is a servant</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Mark 1:7</a>, John said that he was not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of Jesus&#39; sandals</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Mark 10:45</a>, Jesus came to give his life</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Romans 12:16</a>, live in harmony with everyone</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Ephesians 4:1-3</a>, lead a life worthy of the calling</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Philippians 2:3-8</a>, do nothing from selfish ambition</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">James 4:10</a>, humble yourselves before the Lord</span></li></ul><p><strong><span class="heading-lg">Reflections on Humility</span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy">Humility in Colossians 3:12, is one of the <span class="body-copy">virtues that &quot;fits&quot; people who have been raised with Christ. It&#39;s part of the family uniform of the followers of Christ. The supreme humility of Jesus Christ portrayed in Philippians 2 is to be imitated by his</span> followers who have &quot;the same mind.&quot;</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">&quot;Humility is not a &quot;put-on&quot;; it&#39;s not a ploy o<span class="body-copy">r device to manipulate others into doing what we want. This is the Uriah Heep syndrome in Dickens&#39; David Copperfield. Uriah Heep understood that others like to think of themselves as one&#39;s betters, and t</span>hat if one plays the role of sycophant &quot;they&#39;ll do right by you.&quot;</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Humility is not a device to fish for praise: peopl<span class="body-copy">e sometimes purposely run themselves down in order to get you to shore them up. They say &quot;I&#39;m so fat,&quot; or &quot;I&#39;m so stupid&quot; and then they wait for you to contradict them, reassure them, brace them up wit</span>h a mighty word. But none of this has anything to do with real humility.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Humility is not a humiliation: Jesus Christ took on the form of a servant, not the form of a doormat. He didn&#39;t do everything people wanted him to do. Humility has little to do with cringing or groveling. Christians don&#39;t serve people well by offering them submission when what they really need is firm resistance. (Think of Winston Churchill&#39;s attitude toward Adolf Hitler.) Humility has gotten a bad name because people keep mixing it up with humiliation. Whites preach humility to blacks, men to women, the strong to the weak, and the message gets garbled in transmission. It sounds like humility but feels like humiliation.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Humility is a species of wisdom. Wisdom is t<span class="body-copy">he knowledge of God and of God&#39;s world, including our own place under God and inside God&#39;s world. Humility (from the Latin humus) means having your two feet right on the ground. The humble are wise enough not to get carried away with fantasies of God being their junior partner, or the rest of humanity being in orbit around their own shining star. They&#39;re much too down-to-earth for nonsense l</span>ike that. They&#39;re grounded. They don&#39;t put on airs.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Quiet Confidence</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">The humble person may noneth<span class="body-copy">eless carry with her a quiet confidence in her own abilities and worth, but she knows these things are derived from God and is therefore much more grateful than proud. People who were around Marian Anderson, one of the 20[th] century&#39;s great contraltos, observed that she loved her own voice and did so with marvelous innocence. &quot;God gave me this fabulous instrument,&quot; she seemed to say, &quot;and I am so </span>grateful because I can hear it any time I want.&quot;</span></p><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Chief Objection to Sinful Pride</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Fro<span class="body-copy">m a Christian point of view, the chief objection to sinful pride (and its progeny, including envy, scorn, pretentiousness, pomposity, belittling of others, and so on) is that it is unrealistic, off-kilter, out-to-lunch. Other people, no matter how their sin and folly may rival our own, are nonetheless persons of great weight and dignity, people who wear God&#39;s crown of glory, people for whom Jesus Christ came t</span>o die.</span></p>