As the previous posting concluded, we began to see that pride is neutralized by humility. Yet, unlike pride, humility does not come naturally; It must –
Colossians 3: 12 ” Put on therefore, as elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; “.
It must be added to our character by means of God’s Spirit and consistent, conscious decisions to submit to God because we love him, because we are sincerely seeking to be like him, and because we greatly desire to glorify him. In this manner, by God’s power, and our cooperation, humility is created as part of our character, enabling us to grow stronger toward overcoming pride evil influences.
Humility is not weak, cringing approach to life. It is not a denial of power, but a deliberate controlling of power to accomplish a greater good. It comes into proper use when a converted person deliberately utilizes a servant approach rather than a natural proud, and carnal human-ruler approach. It indicates modesty that grows from self-evaluation.
In the Christian sense of humility, the person is not deeming himself worthless because he sees himself as a vile creature full of sin – though to some degree, this is true in comparison to God, but because he is merely a creature, absolutely dependent upon God even for every breath of air. Further, he views himself as possessing nothing him through the way that they live, intrinsically good, having to receive all good, spiritual things from God as well
. Matthew 5: 3 ” Blessed are the poor in Spirit: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “
Poverty of spirit is diametric opposite of the haughty, self-assertive, self-sufficient, arrogance of pride. It is a fundamental part of the spiritual realm, of which God and the purity of his attitudes character, and truths are the central elements. Jesus shows his dependence, despite great gifting as revealed by the many miracles he performed for people’s benefit. His humility again comes to therefore in his claim that he does not speaks on his own authority, and that his Father does the work.
True humility cannot be faked for very long. It will always be revealed even to other people by whether one consistently submit to God. However, the great God who looks on the heart knows, immediately. It is a quality of great value. God openly expresses his pleasure in those who humble themselves before him. Why? Because is not only glorifies him through the way that they live, but it is also very rewarding to those who do so.
Isaiah 66: 1 – 2 ” …For all those things have mine hand made, and all those things have been, said the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembled at my word. “