Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Humility

Two sincere questions for my small but very dedicated and appreciated audience.

What is humiliyt?

How do we force ourselves to become humble?

Humility is near and dear to my heart. Moses is described as the most humble man on the face of the earth (Num 12:3). That's humble. Proverbs is full of commands and quips about humility and of course my all time favourite passage, the Sermon on the Mount (Matt chapters 5-7) isfull of references of humility, meekness and all round righteousness. I know it's important to be humble but I hear how do we attain such a lofty (?) position?

Of course I have an opinion or at least a leaning on the subject but I'm eager to hear from you. What say Ye?

10 comments:

Cliff said...

I don't think you can force yourself to be humble. Humility has to be a want to.

In my time I've seen too many people wear positions and so called callings like a badge and think that they are more important than others, and sometimes the pride of their positions impedes their humility.

I go to a church that practices foot washing. Some don't think that's for the church today but I think it should be. That is a public show of humility. I have felt the blessings of God on me when I've participated.

But the greatest show of humility is when you depend blindly on God, using the promises of His Word.

Humility is a little i serving a big God. The "i" is lower case by design.

Sindi said...

When you have the time please stop by my blog because I am tagging you for the Knowing me Knowing you Meme.

Pilgrim said...

Uh-hhuuhhhhh!

Kathy said...

You always make me have to think so hard! I don't know how to answer this, but just know that I'm thinking really hard about it. I think maybe the first step is learning total dependence on God. And then by making sure that pride is out of the way, the natural result is Godly humility. I don't think it comes by trying to be humble, but more from fighting back the pride with complete dependence on God.

Kathy said...

Philippians 2:3 is a great verse.

Liquid said...

On a personal sticky note from myself, I am reminded to be humble while in the midst of being successful. Even though my mountians are little right now.
I know my heart is right.
I know my legal situation will be handled, effervescently, {{{remember Suzanne, humble}}}

I quess as we say it best down here in Mississippi,

"Don't ride too high on that horse."

~whatever your horse may be.

Just my thoughts...

Have a super day today!

:)

Anonymous said...

Isn't it something that Moses was not only the most humble man--but he was the one who wrote that :)

Not only was he humble, he knew it. And that too is important. Knowing that you are humble and declaring it does not eliminate your "humbleness"

Even in declaring humility, one can be humble.

HMMM---I wonder if that only makes sense to me :)

Jesus Freak

Anonymous said...

Humbleness is part art, part gift and part skill. It is not something "aquired" but something that we need to learn, and once learned we need to practice. The more we practice, the more humble we become, until it becomes second nature. In my humble opinion :)

FYI---I am still in the practice mode and FAR from second nature, but I'm trying (most times)

Jesus Freak

Sian said...

Hhumility is the opposite of pride, yes?
My husband has a great voice, but he realises that he can no more be proud of that than he can be proud of the colour of his eyes...all our talents are God given. We have nothing to be proud of because we are not our own work.
That said, I think we can still be happy with our achievements and I think God enjoys our happiness too.

CS Lewis said that he believed God would rather a poet acknowledge the fact that he was a great poet once and think no more of it then spend his life trying to convince others of his humility by feigning disbelief in his gift.
Sorry this is so long but it is an interesting question and I look forward to reading what you have to say on it
and I am glad you have gone back to Pilgrim...way cooler name :)

MondaythroughSunday said...

Humility is believing what God says about you and living in a way that you show you believe it. Moses said he was the meekest man on the earth. Most people would see that as pride. Yet..it was not.