In the bible, humility and meekness are used interchangeably. There are subtle differences in those two words that are primarily used to represent the idea of Humility. For the sake of brevity, we will keep our references confined to the New Testament. As such, meekness or gentleness is closely associated with humility. The Hebrew words that represent meekness are Strong’s G4236 – praotēs 1) gentleness, mildness, meekness; and Strong’s G4240 – praÿtēs 1) mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness. This connotes more how you respond.

The more common use for how we think of humility is Strong’s G5012 – tapeinophrosynē 1) the having a humble opinion of one’s self, 2) a deep sense of one’s (moral) littleness, 3) modesty, humility, lowliness of mind. It is the use of humility in those verses that communicates not how we respond, but how we think of ourselves. This lowliness of mind is the opposite of pride. It is the example cited for us by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The question God posed to me was “If Jesus, who was God incarnate, could humble himself to that which he created, how can you refuse to be humble?” The reality is that we all are very prideful, but I will keep this to me. We must, if we call ourselves Christians, take on the mind and character of Christ. Christ took on the nature of a servant. Mark 10:45 says, ”

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In that passage, the impetus that finally breaks the stony hearts of Jesus’ disciples is the example that He Himself gives. Jesus, the Son of Man who will inherit “dominion and glory and a kingdom” came to serve and not to be served.

That is a true example of how we should think, say and do. We should come to serve. Servants see themselves less than those whom they serve. God has first called us to serve Him then others. Self is mentioned last in Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. We are commanded to have the same mindset as Jesus Christ.

I readily admit that I struggle dearly with this one. Pride and selfishness are the cause of many sins, disgrace and arguments. Humility is the remedy for pride and selfishness. When you find yourself ready to fight for what you want or ready to argue, ask yourself if those actions are prompted out of pride and selfishness or humility.

Lord, help me to walk with you today. I want to walk in tandem with Jesus through the Spirit in a manner that is worthy of your name. I want to be humble as I know that I am nothing without you.


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