Written by Olamilekan Esan
The theme for the week is still Humility.
What is Humility.
Humility means “the state of being humble.”
Humility and Humble have their origin in the Latin word
humilis, meaning “low.”
Simply, the quality or state of being humble is freedom from pride and arrogance.
Many people have the wrong idea about God, the Bible and humility, or being humble. They think being humble means groveling in front of others or thinking they are no good and others are better.
That’s not what the Bible says. God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
— Proverbs 11:2
The understanding of Humility with God in the Bible.
You don’t need to defend yourself when you understand what the Bible says about humility, for you know who you are in Christ. You can be a peacemaker without needing to fight for your rights. You can walk humbly in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in your own strength.
1. Godly humility is being comfortable with who you are in the Lord and therefore putting others first.
The picture of humility in the Bible is one of a strong person who loves others, not someone who is a wimp.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
2. Humility also is recognizing that you need God’s help, knowing you can’t truly succeed in your own strength.
It is thanking God for your talents and gifts, and giving him credit for your accomplishments.
3. You can defuse arguments when you are humble.
You don’t need to stand up for yourself in an angry manner. And you don’t have to win every argument.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
4. You can handle unfair treatment peacefully when you are humble.
You can respond to unfair treatment without becoming bitter. Godly humility means you do not feel a need for vengeance or revenge.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
5. You can easily ask for forgiveness when you are humble.
Even if you think you are only one percent wrong, you can easily apologize for what you did wrong.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)
You will usually be more successful when you practice what the Bible says about God and humility than if you are pushy or arrogant.
(When you are humble, you are likely to have more influence than when you fight abrasively.)
C.S Lewis said ” Humility is not thinking less of your self, it is thinking of yourself less”
To round up this evening
I believe even if you don’t achieve the results you hoped for, you have the joy and pleasure of having acted in a Godly manner.