Why is humility such an important virtue? Jeff is bringing back an episode from the archives to answer this very question and to show how we can be better disciples of Jesus Christ when we humble ourselves.
Romans 12:3 – For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Ezekiel 28:17 – Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
Isaiah 14:13 – You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God”
Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Philippians 2:7-8 – but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
Matthew 3:13-17 – Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
John 13:3-11 – And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
5 Benefits of Humility
Humility is the key to gaining wisdom.
- Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.
God looks to the humble to work through.
- Isaiah 66:2 – All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine, says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.
Humility prepares the way for God’s grace.
- James 4:6 – But he gives more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
- 1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
A humble person can diffuse arguments.
- Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
A humble person can be themself.
- Luke 12:1 – “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
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