12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Hi 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. - Colossians 3:12-14
As if this verse hasn’t been convicting enough, we are also instructed to put on an attitude of humility as God's chosen people.
Humility is another word who's connotation has gotten taken over by the world. The world would have us think that humility is putting ourselves down or thinking less of ourselves. But that definition is still very "me" focused. When we are humble, we think of ourselves less and others more. Being humble means placing others in a position of authority over ourselves. When we've been slighted or overlooked, when we're being taken for granted, when we're misunderstood, a loving response would be to humbly let it go. We are humbled when we recognize the only reason we're upset is because we think we're more important than we really are.
Our flesh will rise up constantly and tell us our views are right, that our opinions are best, and that our judgment is correct, but humbling ourselves means we are constantly fighting against this and pushing down those self-rising attitudes. Demonstrating humility is one of the most loving attitudes because it puts the needs and feelings of others over our own.
Again, being humble is not something we can do in our own power - not consistently, not with sincerity. We need the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us to truly be able to demonstrate a humble attitude. Think about your interactions with the people in your life - who would you consider to be the most challenging person you know? Confess your lack of humility and ask God to fill you with His Spirit so that you may show that person a humble attitude. Then watch God work through that interaction - it can be such a powerful witness for His kingdom when you allow the Holy Spirit to humble you.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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