Humility and Humbleness

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” 

Proverbs 16:18/NIV

In the world of instant access to media on the world wide web, we have quick exposure to the opinions of others. Information found may be meanspirited, emotionally damaging, and seeking to demoralize others. People who publish with ill will are not seeking to help others somehow. They are determined to bring people down and demoralize them. Their ego and pride are very apparent, and I often wonder if they will eventually fall upon their sword. How do these prideful people with haughty spirits become who they are? Maybe the company they keep is the reason why!

I always look for wise-minded insightful thoughts and viewpoints that will strengthen me. Perhaps broaden my view regarding topics where I lack knowledge and understanding. What I learn and understand, I should be able to use this information to help others in some way. Ephesians 4:29 provides important guidance: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (NIV). I anticipate maintaining a humble nature will help me to be an encourager and not destructive.

Jesus Christ is the greatest example of someone with humility and humbleness. He was born in a barn surrounded by livestock and had no home or bed to lay His head on. He was nailed to a cross and crucified and hung before others to see. In His humbleness, He sacrificed His life for those who accept Him as their Savior and Lord. When Jesus Christ was on earth, He was focused on God’s plan for Him and humanity’s needs. Jesus Christ was humble and did not seek personal recognition. He came humbly and sacrificially to provide a means of salvation for the lost.

For humanity, as we humble ourselves before the Lord, He will lift us (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6). Instead of having a prideful and haughty attitude, we should have one that reflects humbleness and humility. We should seek to recognize our prideful qualities and attitude and correct them. We should have people around us who note our pride and arrogance and inform us so we can be mindful of our impact on others. We should seek not to think of ourselves more highly than we should. John R.W. Stott, a servant of Jesus, once said: “pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.” Who needs more enemies? We need more friends! Humility is good.

Many blessings to you! 

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