THE POWER OF HUMILITY (2) – Rev Joshua Talena

(Proverbs 22:4) By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honour and life.

The Bible in Colossians 3:12, admonishes us, as elect of God, holy and beloved, to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and longsuffering. Humility, though of great value, is something rarely seen in people, but when practiced, becomes a priced possession to the one who practices it. For believers, humility is something we do, not something we feel. Humility should flow out of our strength and security (see John 13:2-5; 12-17). If you want to get to the top and stay there, humbly serve those above, those below and those around you.

Man’s natural tendency is toward “self” that is rooted in sin and sinful ego. The greatest plague on earth is pride and arrogance. The opposite of pride is humility. More people miss the blessings of God due to pride and arrogance than other sin. Pride was the first sin as Lucifer challenged God. All conflicts and troubles have flowed downward from pride. The source of every gossip, hurts, division, hatred, acrimony is pride. Pride is the ultimate sin. To truly repent, or put off pride requires that we embrace, or put on humility. As James 4:10 states, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you.”

Humility is the characteristic of being humble. It is humbleness in character and behavior. It connotes egolessness, humilitude and modest. Charles Spurgeon, defined humility as, “making a right estimate of one’s self.” Humility is not denying the power or gift one has, but admitting that the gift is from God and the power comes through you and not from you.

Meditation: If you want to get to the top and stay there, humbly serve those above, those below and those around you.

RM: Secrets of Life

Prayer: Father, help me to be humble. Create within me a lamb-like spirit in Jesus name. Amen.

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