…but in humility…

I think we get confused about humility. For years I thought humility was making sure other people associated me with lowliness. I believed humility was a character trait I could turn on and off. I liked my friends to recognize my humility and compliment me on mine.

Paul had a handle on humility in Philippians.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only for your own interests, but also in the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

Humility, I believe, is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.

For us type A control freaks considering others’ interests more important than our own is a tough pill to swallow.

Are you a humble person?  
If you answered "Yes" you're not humble.

It might be a helpful today to consider our relationships. Do we feel more important than someone?  Have we shied away from associating with anyone different from us? Do we consider anyone we know “less than” us? (I’m doing this exercise today.)

Check yourselves against these:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7             Philippians 2:1-13

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to …but in humility…

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  2. Father Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    I like what is referred to as humility in the Wikipedia
    “legitimate humility comprises the following behaviors and attitudes:
    – Submitting to God and legitimate authority
    – Recognizing virtues and talents that others possess, particularly those that surpass one’s own, and giving due honor and, when required, obedience
    – Recognizing the limits of one’s talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for what is beyond one’s grasp”.
    It IS thinking more of other’s qualities which would change our behavior from looking down on them, to recognizing their merits and worth and giving them due respect.

    Thanks for this reminder on humility – it is especially relevant when worldly possessions – wealth, knowledge and status in society seem to justify pride, one-upmanship and “better than thou” attitude.
    Indeed the follower of Christ should follow His example especially those in the leadership.

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