Posts Tagged ‘Humility

16
Aug
18

Are We Gentle?

Christians in America don’t have the best reputation. We’re known as many different things. We’re accused of being closed-minded, bigoted, homophobic, angry, judgmental and racist. We’re not known for the things for which we should be known. We’re not known as loving, kind, peaceful and gentle. The apostle Paul talked about that last one to the Philippians. He wrote:

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

What if we could be known as gentle? What if we dealt gently with people who don’t know the Lord yet? Instead of being defensive, judgmental and angry, we need to be gentle and humble. Why? Paul said that the Lord is near. As time is winding down, we should be gently urging people to turn to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation. The more we yell, get defensive or judge, the less success we’ll have in convincing people that our gentle Savior is the Way, the Truth and the Life. So be gentle in your dealings with people today and may the Lord use our gentleness to open doors of opportunity to tell people about Jesus.
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16
Jul
18

Shining Like Stars

In Philippians 2, Paul told the church to be like Jesus in humility and selflessness. He then said:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. – Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

When we humbly serve one another without grumbling against one another or complaining about one another, we stand out. The world around us is a dark place. There is very little humility, service or love. There is much division and discord, arguing and complaining. If we, as Christ’s church, can learn to love one another and get along despite our differences, the world will take notice of Jesus. It is only by His power and grace that we can truly be united in service and love. So let us shine like stars so that others will see the light of Jesus.
12
Jul
18

Learning To Obey

Jesus was fully obedient to the will of God the Father. He went to the cross and suffered and died for the sins of humanity. God raised Him from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place. Jesus is our example of humility, service and obedience. The apostle Paul then wrote:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. – Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, it is with fear and trembling that we humbly learn to look like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive people. We tremble before the exalted King of kings because He is Jesus and He is Lord. God is working in us and through us to accomplish His will. He is able to use flawed human beings to do mighty things for His Kingdom. Let us learn to obey like Jesus so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.
10
Jul
18

Loving Like Jesus

Jesus humbled Himself and left Heaven’s throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. He went from being adored by angels to serenaded by goats and sheep. Jesus humbled Himself to the point of being crucified. Paul described Jesus to the Philippians in this way:

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

Jesus died on a Roman cross for your sins and my sins. Crucifixion was a horrible and humiliating way to die. Why would Jesus allow this to happen to Himself? It was because of God’s unconditional, unlimited and unselfish love for the world. God loves us all so much that He would rather suffer and die than live without us for eternity. If Jesus loves us like this, then we should love each other like this. We need to learn to humble ourselves and put Jesus first and others second. Then, we will truly be the church that reflects the love of our Savior.
09
Jul
18

Heaven Versus Earth

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that when it came to dealing with one another, they should have the same mind or attitude as Jesus Christ. Paul then goes on to describe this attitude. He wrote:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.​ –  Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV)​

Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, gave up His exalted position in Heaven for the humble position of a servant on Earth. Jesus gave up His heavenly throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. Jesus, who was worshiped by angels and all of the heavenly host, traded all of that in for the adoration of curious shepherds. Why would He do that? He did it because He loved the world. He could have stayed in Heaven instead of coming to Earth. We would have been lost in our sins forever. The love of Jesus brought Him to earth because He’d rather live and die here than live forever without you.
05
Jul
18

Valuing Others

One of the themes of the book of Philippians is selflessness. Paul wrote:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

For followers of Jesus, humble service to others is not a mere suggestion. Putting others before yourself is a command. Jesus taught us to love and serve others. He told us to deny ourselves and follow Him. This is not an easy task. Everything within us wants to gratify ourselves. Everything within us wants to please our sinful nature. Overcoming the self is one of the hardest aspects of following Christ. Something amazing happens when we do, though: we discover joy. There is joy in serving others that goes far beyond mere happiness. Selfishness might make you happy for a moment. Selflessness will give you lasting joy.
12
Feb
18

Humble Yourself

Peter, quoting the book of Proverbs, said that God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. In light of that teaching, he wrote:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)

There is no room for pride and arrogance in God’s family. Jesus was our model of humility. He left the throne room of Heaven for the manger of Bethlehem. He left the adoration of angels for the scorn of crowds. He gave up His crown of glory for a crown of thorns. He who sat upon the throne was willing to be hung on a cross. Why? It was because of His great love for the world. If Jesus emptied Himself of pride and humbled Himself to become so low, we should do the same. Jesus said to take up our cross daily and follow Him. There is no sense of entitlement or privilege on a cross. There’s no demanding of one’s rights on a cross. We can only humble ourselves under God’s hand knowing that He will lift us up.



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