Studies of Humility: Conclusion

Studies of Humility: Conclusion

I don’t want to call this post a conclusion.  To me, conclusion brings the idea of the end a story or the closing of a presentation.  But this post is not a conclusion because our desire to live humbly should not end after we read this post; we should clothe ourselves in humility for the duration of our lives.

That being said, this series has lasted several weeks, and I think a summary is in order.

Humility

Our study of humility started with a biblical definition:  freedom from a false view of yourself.  As we studied Jesus, Moses, Ruth, David, and Paul, we saw how each of these individuals accurately understood their own position, and they responded appropriately to various situations.

Humility is freedom from a false view of yourself.

To summarize this series, I want to quickly repeat the five applications that we gathered from our humble friends, and I will provide a verse to support each lesson.

1. From Jesus, we learned to have the mind of Christ and accept our role in God’s eternal plan.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

2. From Moses, we learned to restore broken relationships and place our identity in Christ.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

3. From Ruth, we learned to keep our commitments, even when we think there is a better option.

I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

4. From David, we learned to respect and submit to those whom God has placed in authority.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.

5. And from Paul, we learned to live peaceably with all people.

Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.

Y’all, those are some hard assignments!  The Bible never says that sanctification (growing to live more like Christ) is easy.  In fact, Christ realized that we would need a Helper, and He sent the Holy Spirit to assist us in “putting to death the deeds of the body,” including pride (Romans 8:13).  As you pursue humility, constantly seek the help of the Holy Spirit who will “be with you forever” (John 14:16).  Only through His guidance can we live in humility.

Let me know in the comments:

  • Which lesson of humility is the hardest to apply?  For me, it’s the lesson from Christ to remember my position in God’s eternal plan.
  • Who else from the Bible exemplifies humility?

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