Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Unity Series, Ch.4: Humility

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2, 3 (NIV)

Notice how humility and love keep the unity of the spirit. Complete humility is shown in Jesus Christ in Philippians 2:6-11:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV)


We are to have the same humility as Jesus.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 (NIV)

Humility is before God.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

Humility is also related to others.

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. Philippians 2:3, 4 (NIV)

When love for God and brothers, and humility before God and brothers are more important than our differences with the brothers, then there will be unity.


(Taken from Day & Night: Unity Series, 2003)

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