Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Humble Yourself

The Bible tells how we should treat ourselves. Please don’t be surprised.

“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5, 6

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:14

There are many gifts that God gives us like the fruit of the Spirit. Humility does not seem to be one of them. We are to learn from and imitate Jesus.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:3-5

If God humbled us it would not be humility: it would be devastation.

In each case, the scripture says “humbles himself”.

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