The humility spoken of in the Bible means believing WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT US over anyone else’s opinion, including our own! Humility is freedom from pride or arrogance, modesty. Humility allows us to be open to the possibility of making a mistake.
The Lord defends the humble, but he throws the wicked to the ground. (Ps 147:6 NCV) Because the Lord places such value upon humility, He chooses to defend humble people.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23:12 ESV) The Lord says that He exalts people who are humble.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (Jas 4:10 NIV) Our God promises to lift up His humble servants.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time . . . (1 Pet 5:6 NKJV) In His timing, the Lord shall exalt those who live humbly in His service.
Here are some characteristics of humble people:
- Humility esteems God’s ways above everything; it recognizes that He is all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful and loving.
- Humility stays mindful that none of us is greater than another.
- Humility is knowing when to ask questions as well as when to ask for help.
- Humility knows who we are and to Whom we belong.
- Humility always involves honesty.
- Humility means being willing to learn and being curious about others.
- Humility implies not taking our desires, successes, or failing too seriously.
- Humility is trusting that what God says concerning each of us is true.
- Humility is believing that what God says is always true.
Humility is a viewpoint of spiritual modesty that comes from understanding our place in the world and God’s perfect plans for us. His plans for us are good to give us a future and a hope. (Jer 29:11) Thank the Lord most High!