Clothed With Humility

Clothed With Humility

The Bible has much to teach believers on the topic of humility.

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  (1 Pet 5:5, underscoring added)

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.  (Pro 22:4)

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering . . .  (Col 3:12, underscoring added)

. . . to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.  (Tit 3:2, underscoring added)

What is humility?  It’s a covering of meekness, unpretentiousness, gentleness, and peacefulness.  It’s a character trait that is evidenced by our willingness and ability to submit to God in obedience to His Word. 

A humble person is one who accepts the chain of authority, and therefore is able to submit to their supervisor on the job.  Another area where humility is evident is when a driver submits to the rules of the road, and obeys the traffic signs.

Humility is the quality that enables us to become good citizens, valuable church members, and contributors to society.  Humility is seen in the lives of public figures that are admired, as well as in the lives and actions of certain Kings and Queens throughout history. 

Jesus humbled Himself by obedience to His Father and dying a criminal’s death on the cross.  (Phil 2:8)  There is no greater example of humility.

One critical lesson to learn from the Scriptures is that we have the ability to HUMBLE OURSELVES!  We are the only ones who can do it, and God will most certainly reward us for our obedience to Him.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.  (Jas 4:10)

Rejoice!

Rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness [graciousness, forbearance] be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  (Phil 4:4-5) 

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.  (Ps 118:15)

Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.  (Ps 119:111)

Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.  (Jer 15:16)

. . . rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer . . . (Rom 12:12)

As you can see from these Bible passages, rejoicing is an integral part of the life of a believer.  We’re told to rejoice in Philippians.

The “voice of rejoicing and salvation” is heard in the homes of the righteous because God’s right hand (who is Jesus) does valiantly. 

Valiantly means with courage or determination.  Jesus fulfilled his calling to become our Savior and Redeemer!  He fulfilled that calling with courage and determination. 

“That hero of heroes, the conquering Savior, gives to all the families of his people abundant reasons for incessant song now that he has led captivity captive and ascended up on high. Let none of us be silent in our households: if we have salvation let us have joy, and if we have joy let us give it a tongue wherewith it may magnify the Lord.”  –  Excerpt from commentary on Psalm 118:15

Source of above quotation:  http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-118-15.html

As believers, we have so many great reasons to rejoice.  God’s word, which is full of His precious promises to us, is another reason for us to rejoice.

As we wait for God to fulfill His promises to us, we rejoice in hope!  Under all circumstances, let us praise God and rejoice in Him.

Meekness

Meekness

Today’s topic is meekness.  I’m not considering the world’s definition of the word, but rather the Biblical definition of the word. 

Unless otherwise noted, the New King James Version of the Bible is quoted in all of my articles.

  • What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?  (1 Cor 4:21 KJV
  • Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.  (2 Cor 10:1)
  • Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering . . . (Col 3:12)
  • Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.  (Jam 3:13)
  • But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear . . . (1 Pet 3:15)

As you can see, the topic of meekness is mentioned frequently in the Bible.  (If you check out the King James Version of the Bible, you will find many more verses than what I’ve shown here.)  Jesus said of Himself that He was meek.  (Mat 11:29 KJV)  Jesus mentions meekness in the Beatitudes.  (Mat 5:5)  Meekness is mentioned as an adornment of a Christian profession of faith in Jesus.  (1 Pet 3:4 KJV)

The overall, Biblical definition of meekness is:

  • A calm temper of mind; not easily provoked (Jam 3:13)
  • This gift, which is woven into the soul, and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God.
  • That temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting; it is closely linked with the word humility, and follows directly upon it. (Eph 4:2 KJV; Col 3:12)
  • Equanimity of spirit that is neither elated nor cast down, simply because it is not occupied with self at all.

The meekness manifested by the Lord Jesus and recommended to the believer is the fruit of power.  It’s commonly thought that when a person is meek, it’s because they can’t help themselves.  But Jesus was ‘meek’ because He had the infinite resources of God at His command. He had angels awaiting His every Word.  He was powerful and meek—at the same time.  This was because He was truly and lovingly committed to fulfilling His Father’s will.  As we follow His example, we walk in His power.   Praise the Lord!