“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Have you ever noticed that humility is something that our God cherishes? It is a characteristic that pleases Him. From cover to cover, the Scriptures promote and elevate a humble character. The Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and His disciples are all in agreement. Humility leads us farther down the path to spiritual maturity.
“You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.” – 2 Samuel 22:28
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:4
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” – James 4:10
Unfortunately, humility does not come naturally to us. Without the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we are much more comfortable with the enemy of humility, pride. Pride is rooted in our love of self.
Why pursue humility?
Simple. God is glorified when we place others over our wants and desires. After all, this is half of our ultimate purpose while on this earth. Jesus says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31
What are some of the ways you can humble yourself and love others more intently? If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than the life of Jesus! He was the perfect embodiment of humility. Every action He displayed and every word He spoke, came from a place of complete humility.
God doesn’t ask us to be humble without first demonstrating what true humility is.
“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8