I’ve heard the term “humble yourself” in church during a sermon and in arguments among friends of mine. The term is widely used in different situations. I noticed some would almost take offense when being told to “humble yourself.” You’d see people shift in their seats during the sermon and people get more fired up in the middle of an argument. It was as if being told to humble yourself was an insult.
I was curious as to why it was so offensive, so I took to Google and searched for the definition of “humble.” The word humble is “having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.” In reading this, I took note that having a low estimate of one’s self doesn’t mean they have low self esteem, it just means that they choose to place others above ourselves, in a healthy way.
Of course, then after searching the internet, I had to go to my bible and see what it says about humbling yourself. And boy it was good!
James 4:10 reads “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
1 Peter 5:6 reads “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at proper time he may exalt you.”
As you can see humbling yourself before God is a powerful statement that will result in powerful outcomes. The bible says that He will lift you up! Humbling yourself before God is not only a powerful statement but it’s also a personal decision. Humbling yourself before God includes physically, emotionally, and mentally. In all these things place Him first.
Placing God first in all things is not an easy task to do. IN ALL THINGS. That’s why it’s a powerful statement to humble yourself. Having the ability to humble yourself really comes down to maturity. Your maturity may sway from day to day, depending on where you’re at in your walk with Christ. For example, I’m immature when I decide to stay seated during praise and worship due to how I feel. I’m mature when I decide to lift my hands and praise God with all I’ve got, no matter how I feel in that moment.
Sometimes in order for us to grow we must humble ourselves not just to God, but to others. As the definition says, you must have a low estimate of yourself to others. This doesn’t mean that your accomplishments go unseen or unheard, this means that you place Gods children ahead of you because of your giving heart.
Blessings pour down on those who humble themselves before God and before other people. So don’t feel ashamed in being humble. Take pride in it. Take pride in knowing that you place God first of all things, and lift others above you.
Being humble is a great characteristic to have.
“Just because you come from a product of failure, that does NOT make you a failure. You determine that.”
Rebekah A. Dull,
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