We are commanded to be humble. We can’t enter God’s kingdom without humility, not His kingdom here on earth or his heavenly kingdom. Humility is the key to have all you want in life. Humility is needed for forgiveness, answered prayers, and it opens door to blessings. It is the virtue we all need to seek after but pride prevents us from seeing that. It’s especially hard for those who are talented but eventually if you don’t depend on God he will take those away.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3 (NIV)
The price is higher than you might think and is hardest virtue to learn. What is the root of this difficulty? Pride. You can’t be full of yourself and obey God or live the life Jesus died for. Humility comes before exaltation; pride before destruction.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
**What are the characteristics of a humble person?
- They give credit where credit’s due
- They’re patient with the faults of others
- They are quick to forgive
- They are quick to repent
- They are lovers of peace
- They enjoy serving others
- They have a teachable spirit
- They ask for help when it’s needed
- They accept their weaknesses
- They have a thankful attitude
How many of these characteristics describe you?
There’s a lot of grace for the humble. When we give God glory we are able to rest and prosper in our souls. The walk of faith starts with humility, depending on God to show up. The attitude “I did it my way” will only leave you feeling exhausted. Once you “do it God’s way” you’ll know true peace.
You can choose the road of humility or wait and be humbled by God.
**Adapted from Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking
A Prayer for Humility
Jesus, show me where I have a problem with pride so that I may humble myself before you.
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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes