Sunday, March 11, 2012

Humility 2.0

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted
.” (Matthew 23:12NIV)

I read someone posted on Facebook long time ago (I hope he don’t remember) saying, ‘I don’t want to take any credits from you because I’m a humble person.’ Only one word to describe my respond to that statement: fake-humility! Humility is not something you say, but something you do and you don’t even realize you’re doing it. It’s not something that you work for, but it is who you are. Humility comes from the inside out. Thus, the moment you think you have it you have lost it!

Martin Luther is credited with the following interesting story: Two mountain goats met each other on a narrow ledge just wide enough for one of the animals. On the left was a sheer cliff, and on the right a deep lake. The two face each other. What should they do? They could not back up – that would be too dangerous; they could not turn around, because the ledge was too narrow. Now if the goats had no more sense than some people, they would meet-head-on and start butting each other till they fell onto the lake below. Luther said that goats have better sense than this. One lay down on the trail and let the other literally walk over him – and both were safe.
Learn to be humble. Pray to be humble. Humble yourself. Humility, my readers, is not thinking less about yourself nor always talking about your faults and shortcomings nor an act of cowardice. In fact, humility, true humility is the honest recognition of your own worth – your worth as God sees you. Humility is a balance between recognizing your sin and yet knowing how much God loves and values you. It’s not cowardice! It’s higher virtue of courage!

Humility,” writes John Haggai “makes you willing to take a lower place that you deserve, to keep quiet about your merits, to bear slights, insults, and false accusations for a higher purpose. Jesus displayed humility for ‘when He was reviled, [He] did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten.’”

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