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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMBLE?
 
            Well, the Bible states that we are to be clothed with humility (1 Pet. 5:5). We are to humble ourselves under God (1 Pet. 5:6). Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:4) Thus, we are to serve “the Lord with all humility of mind . . . ” (Acts 20:19)
            In the Bible, we read of examples we can follow of those who were humble. In regards to Christ, it is recorded that He, “being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:8) King Hezekiah, “humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.” (2 Chron. 32:26) From the pen of God we see, “how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.” (1 Ki. 21:29)
            Now, we can show humility in different ways. First, it can be shown by serving one another. Paul wrote, “. . . be at peace among yourselves.” (1 Thess. 5:13) The Hebrew writer said, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Heb. 6:10) Therefore, “let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” (Heb. 10:24)
            Second, humility is shown by preferring one another. Being, “kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” (Rom. 12:10). Timothy was told to, “. . . observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” (1 Tim. 5:21) “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. . . ” (Matt. 7:12)
            Third, in showing humility, you must love all people. Paul said to, “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.” (Eph. 5:2) Thus, “Let brotherly love continue.” (Heb. 13:1)
            Fourth, we show humility by working for others. We are commanded to be, “perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Eph. 4:12) “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Phil. 2:12) Therefore, “whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (Jam. 1:25) 
            Fifth, we demonstrate humility by edifying and encouraging others. Many times Christians forget that we are suppose to be, “the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:16) “not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” (Col. 2:19) So, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Rom. 14:19)
            Living in humility is shown to be difficult when everyone goes their own way, does their own thing and forgets that they are connected to the body. Paul showed this confusion when the saints of Corinth even came together when he said, “How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” (1 Cor. 14:26) Thus, if something in the worship causes another to stumble and be unstable in his faith, how can that leader be humbly edifying others?
            Therefore, we ought to always ask ourselves, “O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Mic. 6:8) For, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col. 3:1-2) “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom. 12:3)

Robert Notgrass

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