April 5th 2010

The Basis Of True Humility

“…Your gentleness has made me great.”

Psalm 18:35 (NKJV) 

Paul says: “Love is not arrogant or rude.” The Amplified Bible has: “It is not conceited—arrogant and inflated with pride; it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly” (1 Corinthians 13:5). 

The word ‘arrogant’ seems at first to be so close to “boastful” that one wonders whether Paul is just being repetitive. Think of it this way—boastfulness is outward and verbal; arrogance is inward and comes across, not so much in our words, as in our attitudes. 

The rude and arrogant may act the way they do because they are unsure of themselves. The humble are sure of themselves, and those who are sure of themselves are often humble. 

One of my favourite passages of Scripture is John 13, which says: “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God … girded himself with a towel…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.” (verses 3-5, RSV). 

What was the secret of Christ’s humility? In my opinion, it was the consciousness of His greatness. Listen to it again: “Knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, that he had come from God and was going to God, girded himself with a towel and began to wash the disciples’ feet.” 

Only the great are truly humble; they have to be in order to be great. Believe me, you will never know greatness until you know humility, and you will never know humility until you know greatness—the greatness of who you are in God. 

Prayer
Father, pour Your love into me in greater measure than ever before, so that I may know the lowly heart and the kindly attitude. Make me so inwardly great that I can afford to be humble—in speech
and in action.  In Christ’s name I ask it.

Amen 

Study by Fraser Murdoch 

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