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What does the BIBLE say about Humility

Writer: Alfred Ells, M.C. |

Perhaps you have heard the story of the parishioner who received recognition for being the humblest man in the church? They gave him a pin to wear. The following Sunday he wore it and they took it away from him for being proud. One wonders sometimes if humility is like this. As soon as we think we are humble, we are not.

Biblically speaking, personal humility carries the notion of lowering or abasing oneself in such a manner as to attain a place of lowliness. Perhaps the best way to understand humility is attempting to see ourselves through God’s eyes rather than our own.

The noted preacher, Charles Spurgeon, defined humility as, "(making) a right estimate of one’s self." Another noted speaker stated that,

"Humility is not denying the power or gifting you have, but admitting that the gifting is from God and the power comes through you and not from you."

After World War II, Winston Churchill humbly commented that, "I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar."

In the last issue of Counselor’s Corner the focus was on unmasking the hidden pride we all have. To truly repent, or put off pride also requires that we embrace, or put on humility. As James 4:10 (NASB)Bible quoteHumble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.James 4 (KJV) verse 10 states,

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you."

The following is a list of twelve suggestions I have gleaned from others on how to humble yourself. As you will see, most of them are basics of our Christian faith.

Twelve Ways to Humble Yourself

This article was taken from the Counselor's Corner, Volume II, Issue 12, published by Counselor's Corner.

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