What is humility? What does it mean to be humble?
Merriam-Webster defines humility as freedom from pride or arrogance and defines humble as: not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive; reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission and ranking low in a hierarchy or scale; insignificant, unpretentious.
The following men of God: Abraham, Moses, and Joshua are the epitome of what it means to embody the virtue of humility:
According to Genesis 18:27, “Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord.”
The Bible tells us in Numbers 12:3, “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” As stated in Joshua 7:6, “Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.”
There is no question that all of these men were influential and inspiring people marked by humility who willingly chose to put the good and service of others before their own. Throughout the Bible the Lord instructs us about the importance and the benefits of being humble, “But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” and “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:6, 10).
These passages of Scripture teach us the distinction God makes between pride and humility along with the benefits of humility which is the favor of God lifting us up out of our troubles and lifting us up in our spirits. These Holy men of God were great leaders who clearly demonstrated they possessed the necessary tools of ability, authority, example and persuasion for the heart of leadership.
Our perfect and ultimate example, of course, of the one and only true Man, who completely embodied humility in its fullness is our Lord and Savior; Jesus Christ. If, we want to successfully live a holy and consecrated life unto the Lord and glorify God in everything that we think, do and say then, we must remain humble and put humility into practice in our everyday lives.
I believe we can learn how to be humble and allow the spirit of humility to grow and mature in is if we study and meditate on the Word of God, pray and seek God’s face concerning the spirit of humility I believe He will impart it in us.
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