Values — HUMILITY — Lowly By Obedience and Choice
“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 15:33
Humility — freedom from pride or arrogance, a modest or low view of one's own importance; the quality or state of being humble
Humility, meekness and humbleness are inseparable in their meaning. Humility is the character of God expressed in the life of Jesus, humbly born in a lowly manger, living without a house or home of his own, kneeling to wash the disciples feet, and ultimately submitting Himself to terror and horror of the cross, solely for our sins in obedience to God’s will.
Humility is the absence of arrogance and pride or demand for recognition and lofty consideration as to a person of high estate. Humility is being at peace in a lowly state deferring to others as a servant.
Humility makes no demands on what it deserves because of its importance, a seat in the highest place, the adoration of those it serves, the deference to its voice or position on a matter being heard and acknowledged over others.
True humility is first, submission to God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, then submission to His Word and to His will, to do His work of ministry proclaiming the Gospel of salvation, mercy, grace and peace.
Humility is the opposite of arrogance, self-aggrandizement and self-seeking.
Humility, like meekness, is not weakness, milquetoast, timidity, fearfulness, shyness, faintheartedness or cowardliness. Humility is a powerful force of character that overcomes the works of darkness by its submission to walk in the knowledge of God and submission to His commandments with confidence.
True humility is not about putting on a false face of humbleness, so as to appear to others that one possesses humility. Nor is it pretending to have a gentle non-abrasive or puffed personality for the sake of winning the favor of another person. That humility will always fail because it is not born in the heart, but is centered in acts of self-imposed humble sacrifice. This is the humility that says, “I’m definitely humble, and proud of it!”
“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.” Colossians 2:20- 23
True humility finds its fulfillment in submission to God’s Word without question or hesitation of desire to please Him whatever the cost. And still there is a greater reward awaiting the humble in heart. By humility we gain the fear (reverential respect and acknowledgement of God’s sovereign majesty, dominion, wisdom and power) and the Lord rewards humility with riches, honor and life.
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.” Proverbs 22:4
True humility is our choice. We can choose to clothe ourselves in it just as we are called to clothe ourselves in the full armor of God. We clothe ourselves in the armor of God in order to stand and be victorious over evil that is in the world. We clothe ourselves with humility in order to be partakers of God’s grace.
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5