Beauty in Humility
We have started studying the trinity here at TCG. We started with God, the Father lastmonth and are now studying Jesus this month. There is an aspect of Jesus that has really been resonating with me lately. One that I have personally found I can really work on, and believe others can probably work on too.
It’s Jesus humility.
Many people don’t like to be humble. Truth be told, it isn’t easy. It is hard and it contradicts what our flesh wants us to do. Whenever I find myself being humble there are times where I have to fight my flesh even after I have done it. My flesh is yelling “they got their way!” or “you were taken advantage of!”. But deep within my heart I know it was the right thing to do. There are other times where I choose not to be humble and to have my way. It is during those times that I realize that my pride has caused me to miss out on something good.
Lately, I have found myself encountering various situations in which I can seen both Christian and non-Christian women being prideful. Now, know that I am not pointing the finger as I have both been humble and proud. However, seeing others be proud paints a very clear picture as to how unattractive and how ungodly it is. When I see it happen in front of me it breaks my heart and realize what I am doing whenever I choose not to be humble.
Let’s think about Jesus. He, as the Son of God, completely set aside His pride and walked in utmost humility when He died on the cross for all of our sins. We talk about this so much that sometimes I think it loses its impact and meaning.
Jesus, who was completely innocent, took on the sins of the entire world, and died an extremely painful death!
How many of us, when being accused of something we did not do, would be quick to stand up for ourselves and declare “I didn’t do it!”?
“Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said to him, “’t is as you say.’ And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?’ But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.” (NKJV, Matthew 27.11-14)
It is during moments like these that our flesh wants to rise up and put everyone in their place. But we are called to be Spirit beings and to learn to be humble. Instead of arguing, we are called to say sorry, even if the other person does not.
Humility is so often perceived as weakness and that is the opposite of what it is. It takes so much more strength to be humble than to be prideful. Think about it, it is so easy to rattle of whatever you are thinking or feeling even if it is out of a place of anger or will hurt those around you. On the other hand, it takes so much strength and self-control to stay quiet and to respond in humility. It may not be easy, but it is possible. The Bible tells us that we can do what Jesus has done, and greater.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (NKJV, John 14.12)
This scripture gives us the key to overcoming pride and walking in humility. We can accomplish this by going to the Father. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom, guidance and strength. Give the Holy Spirit permission to guide you in situations when pride begins to arise; and when He does, listen to what He says. God will always provide a way out from sin.
What a beautiful characteristic Jesus displayed with His humility. And He did it all through the Father. Let’s be like Jesus and show the world the strength and beauty of humility by going to our Father. If He can do it and He lives on the inside of us, then so can we.
Bible translation used: New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.