It’s funny that my Bible study would be on humility this morning. God knows what we need, when we need it!
The Lord helped me to recognize that the position of my mind has been in a selfish and arrogant posture towards my husband – and I have NOT wanted to admit it!
Humility is a quality that the Bible speaks highly of. However, if I’m completely honest I have to admit that it is something I’d rather learn about from a distance.
I want knowledge of its goodness and benefits, but many times, I don’t want to walk through the circumstances that lead to possession of it.
Because, sometimes acquiring humility requires trial and testing. It requires hurt and pain. It requires stepping out of my little zone of comfort and choosing to put more faith and trust in Him.
Humility means I have to humble myself.
It requires denying my preferences, my happiness and my conveniences.
It means admitting that hard, undesired truth about the condition of my heart.
It means I must confess my prideful attitudes.
It means I must confess that I am walking the line of fear rather than faith.
As I read over some scriptures, His word pierced my heart with the blade of conviction. I was broken by the thought that my subtle actions were more inclined to tear my husband down rather than build him up.
Although it can be unpleasant, there is a beauty in conviction because it begins a flow of grace. Conviction flows towards repentance and repentance flows towards cleansing, refreshment and renewing.
So by His strength, I humbled myself, apologized to my husband and allowed the Lord’s forgiveness to wash over me.
Praise You, Lord!
Here are a few of the promises that proceed from humility I read this morning.
The humble are revived
I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly, to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15
The humble are delivered
When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, and the humble person He will save. Job 22:29
The humble are exalted
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:10
The humble are given wisdom
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverb 11:2
The humble are given honor
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor. Proverb 29:23
The humble are great in His kingdom
Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
Humility is according to the very nature and character of Christ.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart – Matthew 11:29
If I truly desire to become molded and shaped more into His image, humility is to be sought after and treasured.