Updated: Mar 20
Notes and Comments by Cameron Smiley
As Christians, we know that we should be humble. What does that mean? Is biblical humility some sort of self humiliation or is it something else?
Let's let the Bible speak on how much God values humility in his children.
Humility brings healing (2 Chr 7:14)
Humility brings salvation (Ps 18:27)
Humility brings guidance (Ps 25:9)
Humility brings a crown (Ps 149:4)
Humility brings grace (Pr 3:34)
Humility brings wisdom (Pr 11:2)
Humility brings esteme (Is 66:2)
Examples of humility in the Bible
Moses (Num 12:3)
As Solomon was the wisest who ever lived so Moses was the most humble man "on the face of the earth" of his generation
Jesus (Mt 11:29)
"gentle and humble in heart"
Discussion: What made these men humble?
God exhaulted/Service oriented
Look out for the interests of others (Ph 2:3)
Bear with one another in love (Eph 4:2)
That the Lord may lift you up (Ja 4:10)
Lord will exhault you in due time (1 Pe 5:6)
Defining humility by what it is not
The opposite of humility
Pride - self elevation (Lk 14:8)
Example: Satan (Is 14:12-16)
False Humility -
Seeking human approval through superficial
pretense - "look how humble I am!" (Matt 23:5)
Hiding you talents - (Lk 19:11-27, Matt 25:14-30)
Self abuse, self debasement is not biblical
Rewards of pride and false humility
Arrogance, disgrace, fights, quarrels, destruction, bringing down
First must be the servant of all (Matt 10:44)
First reconcile then seek God (Matt 5:24)
Must love your brother to love God (1 Jn 4:20)
Love God and your neighbor (Matt 22:37)
Biblical pride (Gal 6:3-5)
Take away on biblical humility
Toward God be
Toward others be
Exercise your gifts and talents but in love
Don't compare yourself to others
Consider and serve the interests of others
Facilitate an atmosphere where the gifts of
others have room to bless too.
Humility quick reference
Don't think less of yourself, think less about yourself.