Monday, 26 November 2012

Are you Humble?

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
Matthew 5;5 (NLT)

Is being humble one of the greatest compliments someone can give you? I guess the answer lies in what is humility. I think too often we have a false sense of humility and what it means to be humble.

1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
2. Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology.3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly: a humble cottage.

It seems to me that we have two ways of approaching humility. We have one for others and one for ourselves. Sometimes people will use humility to almost keep you in your place. If you were humble you would accept a low ranking position below what you are capable of because of your humility. Whereas when we reference it to ourselves it can often be used with a false sense of humility in order to appear more holy.

The truth is that really I think Jesus is saying something about the character of his people. His people are not boastful and arrogant and have large egos. In fact its quite the opposite. Jesus is saying be confident in who you are who you were created to be. Be confident that I love you with an everlasting love but remember with the same measure I love you and have blessed you I have done likewise for others. So remember the needs of others. Don't just think about yourself.

Isn't it true that people who are arrogant and boastful and self serving only seem to have their way for a time then their true colours shine forth and they have the rug taken from underneath them. Don't try to be humble in order to get something humility comes from a choice you make to love others as Christ instructs us. Try to remember that when dealing with the world.

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