“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” – 2 Timothy 1:8-10.
“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.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:5-8.
‘But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”’ – James 4:6.
Thoughts On Humility
We do not have to be concerned about who are with us or against us in this world. Rather, we must make sure that God is with us in every way – in what we think, say, and do. Our conscience must be clear and God will protect us. Human malice cannot harm those whom God wishes to help. If we know how to suffer in silence, we will undoubtedly experience God’s help. He knows when and how to deliver us; therefore, we should place ourselves in His hands, for it is a divine prerogative to help people who are dependent on Him and free them from all distress.
It is often good for us to reveal our faults to trustworthy confidants and have them rebuke them (our faults), for that gives us greater humility. When we humble ourselves because of our faults, we easily disarm and placate those around us and readily appease those who are angry with us. God protects and liberates the humble person; He loves and consoles the humble. He turns to the humble and bestows great grace upon them. He may raise them up to glory after their humiliation. He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids us come to Him. Thus, the humble person enjoys peace in the midst of many frustrations, because our trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, we must not think that we have made any progress until we look upon ourselves as inferior to all others.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” – Philippians 2:3.
Christ Jesus is the supreme example of humility. Let Him be our example in humility. [Philippians 2:5-11.]
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.