Jesus’ Example of Humility
″I established a template for you, which you should follow in the same way that I did to you.″ —JOHN 13:15, verses 1 and 2.On the final night of his earthly life, Jesus taught his apostles an object lesson.What was it, and what did he teach them?
It is the last night of Jesus’ earthly life, and he spends it with his apostles in the upper chamber of a home in Jerusalem, where he would be crucified the next day.The evening meal is in progress when Jesus rises from his seat and removes his outer clothes from his person.He girds himself with a towel to protect himself.Then he fills a basin with water and proceeds to wash the feet of the disciples before drying them off with a towel, as shown in the picture.After that, he puts on his outer clothing.What motivated Jesus to undertake such a selfless deed?
The Gospel of John, verses 3–5.As Jesus himself put it, ″Do you realize what I have done to you?″ …If I, as your Lord and Teacher, bathed your feet, then you, too, should wash the feet of one another.For I have established a pattern for you, and you should follow it in the same way that I have done to you.″ (See also John 13:12-15.) In choosing to execute such a menial activity, Jesus provided his apostles with an object lesson that would be etched in their memories for the rest of their lives and serve as an inspiration to them to remain humble in the days to come.
3.(a) How did Jesus emphasize the significance of humility on two separate occasions?(b) What exactly will be covered in this article?
- 3 When Jesus washed the apostles’ feet, it was not the first time he had emphasized the need of humility in his teachings.
- ″Whoever welcomes this small boy on the basis of my name receives me as well, and whoever receives me as well receives him who sent me forth,″ Jesus said on another occasion when some of the apostles displayed a competitive attitude.
- In fact, he who conducts himself in the manner of the least important among you is the most important of all.″ (9:46-48) (Luke 9:46-48) As a response to the Pharisees’ desire for prominence, Jesus remarked later in his career, ″Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.″ (See also Luke 14:11) Without a doubt, Jesus desires his disciples to be humble, that is, to have a lowly state of mind and to be devoid of conceit and arrogance.
Let us thoroughly analyze his example of humility with the goal of following in his footsteps.We shall also see how this characteristic benefits not just the person who possesses it, but also everyone around him or her.
“I DID NOT TURN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION”
4.In what ways did God’s only-begotten Son demonstrate humility throughout his prehuman life?4 Even before Jesus set foot on the world, God’s only begotten Son exhibited humility.Jesus spent an unimaginable number of years in the presence of his heavenly Father during his prehuman life.According to the book of Isaiah, the Son’s intimate relationship with his Father was reflected in this statement: ″The Sovereign Lord Jehovah himself has given me the language of the learned ones, that I may know how to answer the exhausted one with a word.″ He awakens my ear to hear like the taught ones, one morning at a time, as he awakens his own.
- The Sovereign Lord Jehovah himself has opened my ears, and I, for my part, have not resisted his invitation.
- The fact is that I did not go in the opposite way.″ (See also Isa.
- 50:4, 5) When it came to learning from Jehovah, the Son of God had a modest demeanor and paid great attention to what he was taught.
- He was ready and willing to learn from the genuine God and to share his knowledge with others.
- What a careful observer of Jehovah’s humility in practicing mercy for sinful people Jesus must have been during his life!
5.How did Jesus, in his function as Michael the Archangel, give an example of humility and modesty in his dealings with the Devil?5 Even in heaven, not every creature has the same attitude toward God as the only-begotten Son of the Father.
When faced with attributes that are diametrically opposed to humility — such as self-importance and pride— the angel who became Satan the Devil allowed himself to be swayed by them, and as a result rebelled against Jehovah and became Satan the Devil.For his part, Jesus was neither unhappy with his own position in heaven nor disposed to abuse his power in the presence of his Father.While acting in his capacity as Michael the archangel, Jesus did not go beyond his power when he had a ″dispute with the Devil about Moses’ body.″ God’s Son, on the other hand, exhibited humility and modesty.He was content with the fact that Jehovah, the Supreme Judge of the universe, was handling the situation in His own time and manner.— 6.Read the book of Jude.
- How did Jesus demonstrate humility when he accepted the mission to serve as the Messiah of Israel?
- 6 In addition to the prophesies that foretold the details of Jesus’ sojourn on earth as the Messiah, there is no doubt that Jesus studied many other things during his prehuman existence.
- As a result, he was probably aware that he would be subjected to bad events in the future.
- Despite this, Jesus agreed to take on the mission of living on earth and dying as the foretold Messiah.
- The apostle Paul stated, ″Although he was existing in God’s form, he gave no concern to a seizure, namely, that he might be equal to God.″ This was meant to emphasize the humility of God’s only-begotten Son.
- Not at all.
- He just empty himself and assume the shape of a slave, and he came to be in the likeness of humanity.″ —Philippians 2:6, 7.
AS A HUMAN, “HE HUMBLED HIMSELF”
7, 8, In what ways did Jesus demonstrate humility throughout his upbringing and earthly ministry?7 In Paul’s words, ″when he discovered himself in fashion as a man,″ ″he humbled himself and became submissive to the point of death, yes, death on a torture stick.″ (Philippians 2:8) From his earliest years, Jesus set an example of humility for us to follow.Joseph and Mary were inadequate parents, yet Jesus humbly ″remain subject to them″ despite the fact that he was reared by them.(See Luke 2:51.) What a wonderful example to provide for children, who will be rewarded by God as a result of their ready submission to their parents’ authority!8 As an adult, Jesus exemplified humility by prioritizing the accomplishment of Jehovah’s will over his own desires.
- (See also John 4:34) When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he utilized God’s personal name and assisted genuine people in gaining a correct understanding of Jehovah’s qualities and the purpose for which He created the world.
- Jesus also lived in accordance with the teachings he gave concerning Jehovah.
- If we take Jesus’ example of the model prayer, the first thing he said was, ″Our Father in the heavens, may your name be hallowed.″ (Matt.
- 6:9; Luke 6:9) As a result, Jesus advised his disciples to place the sanctification of Jehovah’s name at the top of their priority list.
- He himself was a person who lived in this manner.
To Jehovah, Jesus could declare in prayer at the close of his earthly ministry: ‘I have made your name known to them, and I shall make it known.’ (See also John 17:26.) Furthermore, during his time, Jesus surrendered all of the glory and honor to Jehovah for what he had achieved on earth.—John 5:19 (KJV).Nine.
What prophecies did Zechariah make about the Messiah, and how was this fulfilled by Jesus?9 Isaiah wrote in a prophetic vision about the Messiah, saying, ″Be exceedingly glad, O daughter of Zion.″ O daughter of Jerusalem, let out a triumphant cry.Look!Your king himself has arrived to see you.In fact, he is righteous and saved, as well as humble, yet he rides on an ass, even if it is a full-grown animal that is the son of a she-ass.″ (Zechariah 9:9) This was fulfilled when Jesus visited Jerusalem before the Passover feast in the year 33 C.E., just before the Jewish New Year.In addition to spreading their outer clothing, the throng also dispersed tree branches across the road.
- Indeed, his arrival caused a sensation across the entire city.
- Even after receiving public recognition as King, Jesus maintained his modest demeanor.
- — Matt.
- 21:4-11 is a passage from the Gospel of Matthew.
- What was demonstrated by Jesus’ willing obedience all the way to the point of death?
- 10 The journey of humility and obedience that Jesus Christ followed on earth ended in his execution on a torture stake.
- As a result, he demonstrated beyond any reasonable question that mankind can remain faithful to Jehovah even when challenged to the limit.
Jesus further demonstrated that Satan was incorrect in his assertion that mankind serve Jehovah for selfish motives.(2:4) (Job 1:19-11; Job 2:4) The absolute integrity of Christ’s life also served to affirm the rightfulness and righteousness of Jehovah’s supreme authority over all of creation.When Jehovah saw his lowly Son’s unwavering allegiance, it was clear that he was overjoyed.— Take a look at Proverbs 27:11.Which of the following opportunities did Jesus Christ’s ransom sacrifice provide for believing mankind?11 Jesus, via his death on a torture stake, also paid the ransom price for all of humanity.
(Matt.20:28; Luke 20:29) This gave an opportunity for sinful beings to live eternally, as well as satisfying the requirements of righteousness in the process.″Through a single act of justification, the consequence for persons of all kinds is that they are declared righteous for life,″ stated the apostle Paul.(See Romans 5:18) The death of Jesus opened the door to the possibility of perpetual life in heaven for spirit-anointed Christians, as well as the possibility of everlasting life on earth for the ″other sheep.″ —John 10:16; Rom.8:16, 17; 1 Cor.10:16.
I AM “LOWLY IN HEART”
12.How did Jesus demonstrate mildness and humility in his dealings with flawed human beings?12 Jesus extended an invitation to everyone who was ″toiling and laden down″ to come to him.Take my yoke with you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your souls,″ he replied.(Matthew 11:28; Matthew 11:29) Jesus was driven to be compassionate and impartial in his dealings with flawed humanity because of the virtues of humility and mildness.
- In terms of what he demanded of his pupils, he was realistic.
- They received praise and encouragement from Jesus.
- He never made them feel inadequate or unworthy in any way.
- Jesus was obviously not a harsh or tyrannical figure.
- He, on the other hand, told his disciples that by coming near to him and putting his teachings into practice, they would be rejuvenated, for his yoke was gentle and his burden light.
People of all ages and of both sexes felt comfortable in his company.—Matthew 11:30 a.m.13.
How did Jesus demonstrate compassion for those who were less fortunate?13 Because they were disadvantaged, Jesus had sympathy for them when he interacted with the ordinary people of Israel.He attended to their needs with kindness and care in his interactions with them.He came into a blind beggar called Bartimaeus, as well as his nameless blind friend, while traveling near Jericho.They persisted in their requests for Jesus’ assistance, but the audience severely instructed the men to keep their voices down.What a simple matter it would have been to dismiss the cries of the blind gentlemen!
- As a substitute, Jesus requested that they be brought before him, and, moved by compassion, he restored their sight to them To be sure, Jesus mimicked his heavenly Father by expressing humility and offering mercy to sinners of all stripes.
- The following passages are from Matthew 20:29-34 and Mark 10:46-52.
“WHOEVER HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED”
14.What are some of the benefits that have emerged from Jesus’ path of humility?14 The life of Jesus Christ, which is characterized by humility, is a source of joy and is extremely useful.As he watched his beloved Son meekly submit himself to the divine will, Jehovah was filled with joy.Jesus’ calm demeanor and lowliness of spirit were a breath of fresh air for the apostles and disciples.
- It was his example, his teachings, and his heartfelt praise that encouraged them to make spiritual development.
- The common people profited from Jesus’ humility since they were the receivers of his assistance, teachings, and encouragement as a result of his humility.
- In reality, the long-term benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice will be enjoyed by all of redeemed mankind.
- What was the value of Jesus’ humility for him?
15 What about Jesus, do you think?Did his humility work to his advantage?″Whoever humbles himself will be exalted,″ Jesus promised his disciples, and this is exactly what happened.
(See Matthew 23:12 for further information.) His personal experience confirmed the validity of such remarks.″God exalted Jesus to a superior position and graciously bestowed upon him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, those on earth, and those beneath the earth, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,″ Paul explains.On the basis of Christ’s humility and fidelity during his time on earth, Jehovah God elevated his Son, granting him dominion over all creatures in both heaven and on earth.—Philippians 2:9-11.
JESUS WILL “RIDE IN THE CAUSE OF TRUTH AND HUMILITY”
16.What evidence do you have that God’s Son’s acts will continue to be characterized by humility?16 The acts of the Son of God will be characterized by humility throughout the foreseeable future.The psalmist predicted how Jesus would act against His adversaries from His elevated heavenly position, singing: ″Ride in the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness; in your grandeur march on to victory.″ (See Psalm 45:4) At Armageddon, Jesus Christ will be riding in the cause of humility alongside truth and righteousness, among other things.And what will happen at the conclusion of the Messianic King’s Thousand-Year Reign, when ″all governance, all authority, and all power″ have been ″reduced to nothing″?
- Is he going to show some humility?
- Certainly, since he will ‘transfer authority over the kingdom to his God and Father.’ — Read 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, especially verses 17 and 18.
- (a) Why is it vital for Jehovah’s servants to model their behavior after Jesus’ example of humbleness?
- In the following article, what will be addressed will be: 17 What about the rest of us?
- Will we follow in the footsteps of our Exemplar and show genuine humility in our dealings with others?
We’ll see how we’re doing when the King of the Jews, Jesus Christ, arrives to administer judgment at Armageddon.Because of the cause for which he is fighting, he will only save those who are humble and upright in their hearts.Our ability to cultivate humility, on the other hand, is critical to our existence.
Furthermore, just as Jesus Christ’s life course of humility resulted in advantages for him and others, our demonstrating humility will result in benefits in a variety of ways for us.18 What factors might assist us in following Jesus’ example of humility?How can we make an effort to be humble in the face of adversity and difficulty?These are the kinds of questions that will be addressed in the next essay.
How Jesus Modeled Humility
″To view the manifestation of His splendor is to behold One so lofty (transcendence) who descended so low (condescension) in order to bring us so close (redemption) because we are so beloved to Him″ (Bride).Because of his intense desire to collaborate with us, the Most High God stooped to such considerable lengths.″We are awed by His might, humbled by His humility, and filled with confidence as a result of His love.″ Mike Bickle is a well-known actor and comedian.Greetings, intercessors People of prayer must learn to walk in the humility of Jesus if they are to be effective in their prayers.Jesus was a man of humility.
- Perhaps His most distinguishing feature was his ability to communicate effectively.
- Consider what would happen if you were God—equal with the Father, sharing in His glory, and enjoying every luxury that comes with being God—and then you became a human and relinquished all of those rights.
- ″He has the likeness of the incomprehensible God″ (Colossians 1:15).
- Consider the possibility of being the servant of everyone and of being God disguised in the obscurity of human existence.
- His humility was most clearly demonstrated when He took on human flesh and died on the cross.
The fact that he never insisted on His rights and privileges being acknowledged, understood, and/or perceived correctly did not mean that he was willing to empty himself of His reputation.He was pleased to be seen as ordinary and did not aspire to be regarded as exceptional.Consider the prospect of accepting a life of weakness, poverty, shame, homelessness, rejection, and agony.
It’s a scary thought.When we study Isaiah 53 and view Jesus as the suffering servant, we come to this realization.Jesus was a man of lowliness of spirit.″We are obsessed by nature with our appearance and with being recognized for our positive characteristics.Jesus takes up a position in which everyone had completely misjudged Him and His powers before Him.There was nothing distinguishing about Him when they first saw Him.
- ″He was a very regular person in every way.″ ‘Mike Bickle’ is a fictional character created by author Mike Bickle.
- It’s simple for us to claim that we’re humble and broken until the actual test comes along and we’re forced to face our own depravity.
- ″Why aren’t we being recognized?″ we question.
- It’s not a pleasant sensation.
- We have an emotional reaction and don’t like it.
- We aspire to be significant and are frequently filled with pride.
- However, throughout His earthly existence, Jesus was reduced to nothingness, and He provides us with His example so that we may follow in His footsteps.
- In fact, His humility was the sole characteristic that he publicly declared about himself at the time.
In order to simply do a mission on earth, Jesus did not put on humility.His everlasting essence is characterized by humility.As we come to appreciate His humility, we should be filled with adoration, inspiration, and confidence in ourselves.The peace for our spirits can be found in His lowliness of heart (Matthew 11:29).One of my first memories from the mission field is of a particular incident.The world was about to change because I joined a ship with 300 other people, mostly young people, and we were going to alter it!
The ship’s name was Doulos, and it was built in Greece.It literally means ″servant″ or ″slave″ in Greek, and we were all learning what it meant to be slaves for Jesus.For all I know, it hadn’t yet dawned on me what that word would come to imply in the context of actual experience.When we first arrived on the mission field, we had grandiose expectations: we hoped to reach millions for Christ, establish an orphanage and Bible college, or establish ourselves as prominent evangelists.Upon our arrival, we were surprised to see that we had been allocated to ″excellent″ occupations, like cleaning toilets, chipping paint, washing dishes, and other such high-ranking tasks.My first job on the ship was working in the dining area, where I served food to passengers.
In South America, I recall some of the first difficulties I had as we continued to serve food over and over again with no apparent respite.We’d have to clean up as quickly as we could and be ready for another group of up to 300 people who were hungry and on their way to the restaurant.At the time, it was really exhausting; nevertheless, the trouble with having a low-level job is that people would genuinely treat you as such, which didn’t feel very nice at the time.
The mission field was not nearly as glamorous as I had envisioned it to be.Working in the dining room, on the other hand, had a significant impact on my life.We went to my nation shortly after embarking on that ancient ship, which had been built in 1914, and one of the students from my Bible college came on board to have lunch in our dining room.When he spotted me, he said, ″What in the world are you doing here?″ in astonishment.
After all, I was a recent graduate of a Bible college and should have been doing something more fulfilling than cleaning dishes and serving food.Nonetheless, at that point, I had gained a significant amount of triumph in my heart, and I enthusiastically informed him of my newfound understanding of humility and how to be a servant.I don’t believe he was really impressed.
A couple of years later, I was on a mission trip to our mission base in England with our team.In their dining room, I brought my tray to the area where all the dirty dishes were placed after finishing my noon lunch.To my total surprise, there was one of my Bible school classmates behind the counter, doing dishes.″What in the world are you doing here?″ I exclaimed as I looked at him in disbelief and said.He stared at me with a sly grin.
- In this instance, he was learning the critical lesson of humility, which is a lesson we must repeat over and over again throughout our lives.
- God is kind to the humble, and He despises those who are proud.
- He can only make use of the lowly.
- We must learn to accept this most crucial lesson and to dress ourselves in this magnificent clothing if we are to achieve success.
- Let us learn to walk in humility and to serve others in the manner of Jesus (Matthew 20:28).
- When Jesus stripped off his robe and girded himself with a towel, and then bathed His disciple’s feet, he demonstrated his fundamental identity (John 13).
- Jesus said that a servant is the most important of all people (Matthew 23:11).
- Matthew 20:26-28 tells us what to do: ″This is not the case with you.
- As a result, whoever wants to become great among you must first become your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must first become your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come just to be served, but rather to serve and to offer his life as a ransom for many.″ Two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia in 1986, killing everybody on board.
It is estimated that hundreds of travelers perished after being flung into the freezing waters.After conducting an investigation, they discovered that the accident was not caused by a technological failure or even by dense fog.The problem was caused by the intransigence and arrogance of human beings.Each captain might have avoided colliding with his or her counterpart.
- They were both aware of the presence of the other’s ship in the vicinity, but neither captain wanted to cede control to the other.
- Each of them was too arrogant to accept defeat.
- As a consequence, they collided, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of passengers.
- It was because of their lack of humility that they ended up in a mess.
- Intercession is not a legally recognized profession in the United States.
- The majority of the time, prayer goes undetected by the masses.
- It’s a secret—no one is aware of our devotional hours in the prayer room.
- It has a modest and humiliating sense to it since you are presented with the example of Jesus’ humility there in the center of the prayer room.
- Beginning to taste something really vital about Jesus, you become aware of your own shortcomings, such as pride and sin.
- When overlooked, one’s true self emerges.
- We all want to be important, but being pleasant is more essential than being important.
- Jesus became nothing for the sake of you and me, so that we may be free.
- We, too, must learn to accept the cross in the same manner.
- He is the ideal role model for us.
- He was obedient, and God rewarded him by elevating him to a position of distinction.
- At His second coming, the world will see Jesus’ humility as He triumphs over death and the grave.
″Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.″ Philippians 2:8-11 says, ″Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee God places a tremendous value on having a humble spirit.He hears and answers the pleas of the lowly.Because ″everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted,″ says the Bible (Luke 14:11).God’s character, actions, and blessings are all built on the basis of humility.
- Please consider what it truly meant for the King of Kings to be born in a modest manger, to live a humble life, and to suffer a selfless death on our behalf as we approach Christmas.
- He sought humility and stooped to such a low level for each of us.
- May the reality of Jesus’ humility transform our lives for the rest of our lives.
Let us learn to walk in humility and to dress ourselves in the splendor of lowliness on a daily basis.God opposes the haughty, but he grants favor to those who are lowly in spirit (James 4:6).″When one considers how Jesus responded to hardship and mistreatment, it is the most humbling experience one can have.″ His entire life had been planned around the quality of humility that he possessed.
- It was his most important pursuit.
- When His Son was born, the Father was thinking about His own humility and how He could manifest it in the form of His Son.
- As Jesus descended farther and more into the depths of the earth, love would be freely shown.
- Anyone who properly considers the man Christ Jesus and His humility will be left with their eyes wide open as they consider the tremendous mystery.
- How can One who is so powerful be so sensitive while He stoops to such a low position?
- In the human heart, looking upon Jesus is the great sanctifier of places of pride and fury.″ Allen Hood is credited with inventing the term ″crowdsourcing.″
Jesus is the Perfect Example of Humility
Watermark Kids May 1, 2020 6 min & 30 sec What are the first words that spring to mind when you think of a king?What comes to mind when you think of a maid or a servant?Is there a day in each of their lives that looks exactly the same?Generally speaking, no.To believe that the King of Heaven and Earth would leave His throne in Heaven to live in a shattered world as a servant to everyone is absurd.
- But that is exactly what Jesus did.
- In a society where we’re tempted to put ourselves first and make a reputation for ourselves, God has provided us with Jesus, who is the ultimate example of putting the needs of others before our own.
HUMILITY: Living with the Right Understanding of Who God Is, Who I Am, and Who You Are
″Don’t be selfish, and don’t strive to impress others,″ says the memory verse. Think of others as better than yourself and maintain a modest attitude. Don’t only look out for your own interests; take an interest in the interests of others as well.″ PHILIPPIANS 2:3–4 PHILIPPIANS 2:3–4
This Week’s Finish Line: Jesus is the Perfect Example of Humility
The humility of Jesus is described in Philippians 2:5-11.Despite the fact that Jesus was GOD, He decided to come to earth as a human being because of His immense love for us.The fact that Jesus decided to obey God the Father even to the point of dying a humiliating and painful death on the cross for our sins demonstrates his commitment to God the Father.Jesus is the ultimate model of humility, and we are obligated to follow in His footsteps as well.Can we, on the other hand, follow His example to the letter?
- Only Jesus is totally humble, yet it is because of His humility that He is able to offer us redemption and forgiveness for all of the times we fall short of perfection!
- When we ask, he will even assist us in living with humility.
- While our flawed humility will not be able to save others in the same way that Jesus’ perfect humility did, it will encourage them to learn more about our magnificent God!
- Take a look at Philippians 2:3-4 and consider how these verses reflect humility. Considering others before ourselves (not being selfish or attempting to impress) Why is it so difficult for us not to think about ourselves first? (Taking an interest in others)
- According to Philippians 2:6, who exactly is Jesus? (God) What are the first words that spring to mind when you think about God? It is true that all of these things about God are also true about Jesus
- Take a look at Philippians 2:8. What was the pinnacle of Jesus’ humility, in your opinion? (He was crucified and died on the cross.) Crucifying one’s self on a cross was considered the most humiliating and painful method to die. Jesus, on the other hand, decided to be humble, even to the point of dying on a crucifixion. He was well aware that it was the only way to save us and bring glory to the Father.
- Look at verses 9-11 to see what I mean. Did Jesus deserve to be crucified and to suffer as He did on the cross? What do you think He deserves? His acclaim and veneration are well-deserved. The fact that He was sinless made it impossible for Him to die. It is possible that someday everyone will kneel down to Him and proclaim that He is Lord!
Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
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Teacher: Meal Time
Confer on the meanings of the words pride and humility.Before you share the recommended responses below with your children, ask them to define what they mean.PRIDE – What exactly is it?(Pride is when we put ourselves first, believing that we are capable of doing things for ourselves or attempting to obtain things for ourselves because we believe we deserve them.) It is our pride that drives us to sin.) What are some examples of ways you may demonstrate your pride?For example, attempting to be the first, wanting people to know how good you are at something, believing you deserve something, attempting to achieve it on your own, and so on.
- Humility – What does it mean to be humble, and how can you become one?
- Humility is the absence of self-centeredness and the refusal to put others before oneself.
- When you realize that your abilities and gifts are from God, you place all of your worth in Him.
- When you acknowledge your inability to live up to His holiness and perfection, you recognize how much you rely on Him and pray for His assistance.) Discuss: When do you find yourself succumbing to pride the most easily?
- What are some of the ways that pride manifests itself in your life?
What drives you to do what you do and provide service to others?Who can assist you in identifying areas of pride in your life and in holding yourself accountable in the fight against pride?Who can assist you in becoming humble?
(Jesus!Our Lord’s words in John 15:5 remind us that we are powerless without Him.
Friend: Drive Time
Play a game of ″Spot the Lie.″ Advertisements, advertisements, storefronts, and other forms of marketing are all around us, attempting to persuade us to put ourselves first. Try to be the first one to notice something that tells the lie that ″it’s all about you″ when you’re reading, on social media, or watching entertainment with your family this week as you go about your daily activities.
Take a look at Philippians 2:9-11. According to the Bible, one day everyone will bend their heads in reverence to the name of Jesus and proclaim His glory. We are not required to wait till then! Take a moment right now to thank Jesus for being the ultimate example of humility in the world.
If you want to practice the memory verse with your family this week, choose one of the choices listed below.Make a note of it on your bathroom mirror with wipe-off markers.Practice the poem in ″popcorn style,″ in which each family member says one word at a time until the full stanza has been said.You may make up your own hand movements to assist you recall what you’re reading.Create an index card and have everyone take turns reading it before dinner.
Thank God for Christ’s humility, for we could not have been rescued if it had not been for it. Solicit His guidance in any areas of your life where you are hindering your ability to be obedient. In your prayer, ask Him to grant you the humility to follow in Christ’s footsteps.
HUMILITY is the divine character characteristic that we will be discussing next week as we conclude the month of May. We will discover that humility assists us in responding appropriately to sin.
What did Jesus say about humility?
What did Jesus have to say about being humble?″Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will elevate you,″ the Bible says.Humility is a very essential characteristic that every Christian should possess, but it must be possessed in a way that honors God and brings him glory.What does Jesus mean when he says he is humble?However, in the Bible, humility is defined as receiving one’s confidence from God, who loves and appreciates one’s own self more than oneself.
- Biblical humility is placing your trust in God’s assessment of you over the opinions of others, including one’s own.
- You must choose to embrace who you are in Christ rather than who you are in the body.
- What was Jesus’ method of demonstrating humility?
- He did not require His followers to serve Him, to provide him with extra food, to wash His feet, or to make him feel comfortable in any kind.
- His right to demand them was unquestionably justified, given the fact that He would be suffering in a short period.
Jesus was also demonstrating His own dependability.As a result of Jesus’ humility, their haughty and arrogant souls were exposed.When it comes to authentic humility, what does the Bible say?
I invite you to take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your souls in me.Jesus made it clear to his disciples that he was a modest person.
What did Jesus say about humility? – Related Questions
What does the Bible say about humbling yourself before God?
He will raise you up if you humble yourself before him.
What is the difference between humble and humility?
Both the words humility and humble refer to possessing or displaying a modest or low estimation of one’s own worth or significance.. What distinguishes these two terms is that they belong to different grammatical groups. In contrast to humility, which is a noun, humble is an adjective. This is the most significant distinction between humble and humblest.
Is humility a gift from God?
As we grow in our faith, all of the features of our spiritual fruits will develop in tandem with our spiritual growth. Humility is the eighth and last fruit of the Spirit. Throughout his mission, Jesus instilled in us the value of humility and the virtue of being modest. Even while his disciples were disputing over who was the greatest, he instilled a sense of humility in them.
What is true humility and fear of the Lord?
Proverbs 22:4 – The prize for humility and fear of the LORD is wealth, glory, and long life, according to the scripture. ″Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking less of yourself,″ writes C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. ″The humble person thinks honestly about himself, neither too highly, nor falsely denying what God has given him″ (Mere Christianity).
Is humility a grace?
You cannot have grace if you are not also humble. It is just impossible to accomplish. And here’s why: in order to provide grace to others – or even to yourself – you must first have a realistic assessment of your own worth. ″Humility is not to think less of oneself, but to think less of oneself,″ Lewis once famously stated.
Why is humility important to God?
Humility enables us to completely surrender to God. God wants us to recognize that we are powerless in the absence of His assistance. He is the only one who understands us, and he is the one who made us. He has a strategy for each and every one of us. When we begin to place all of our trust in God, we humble ourselves to the point where we are fully reliant on Him for everything.
How do you pray for humility?
To humble myself and accept my human nature as it is. Never to consider myself to be superior to anyone else. That has the potential to lift myself above you. Allow my heart to constantly follow in your footsteps of humility.
What does the Bible say about humility and wisdom?
Proverbs 11:12 says that when pride arises, dishonor follows, but knowledge follows the humble person. 9. 1 Peter 5:5: In the same way, you who are younger, submit to the authority of the elders. Make an effort to be humble toward one another, for ″God opposes the haughty but grants favor to the humble,″ as St. Paul says.
What are some examples of humility?
Becoming a parent may be a very lowly profession, requiring years of wiping noses, changing diapers, and attending to every need of a kid. Allowing someone ahead of you in line if you notice that they are in a hurry is a gesture of humility on your part. Cleaning the restroom at your workplace, despite the fact that you own the firm, is an example of humble behavior.
What is the fruit of humility?
It is love and tranquility that come as a result of humility.
What is the power of humility?
People who are humble are more likely to be open to the prospect of making a mistake. It is an essential component of moral leadership. If you are weak in humility, you will be less likely to realize the possibility of faults or blunders in your job or in your decision making.
What is the meaning of Proverbs 22?
The book of Proverbs includes some qualities that point the road to knowledge and righteousness, as well as vices that point the way to wickedness and folly. As a result, Proverbs 22:1 teaches that it is ethical to prefer a good name over material wealth. The Hebrew word (riches) comes from the root, which means to be wealthy or to enhance one’s life.
Where in the Bible does it say Train up a child in the way?
PROVERBS 22:6 KING JAMES VI ″Train up a kid in the way he or she should walk, and when he or she is grown, he or she will not swerve from that path.″
When pride comes then disgrace but with humility comes wisdom?
When pride enters, it is followed by dishonor, but when humility enters, it is followed by wisdom. Because of his arrogance, King Uzziah committed a blunder that earned him the nickname ″leprous ruler,″ despite the fact that he was once a great king. Disgrace comes as a result of one’s pride.
Does God favor the humble?
In the event that you do not humble yourself, God will do it for you. He prefers the modest and dislikes the arrogant and self-centered.
What does God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble mean?
For the most of my life, I’ve heard the phrase ″God Opposes the Proud But Gives Grace to the Humble.″ It pays to be modest and to put one’s ego in the backseat of life. Take an arrogant posture and act as though others are beneath you, and you will earn nothing in the process. Instead, live modestly and constantly with love for one another.
Jesus’ Definition of Humility
In your own mind, how do you see yourself?Do you think you’re attractive?Do you consider yourself to be a person of integrity and modesty?If you continue reading, you will learn how Jesus defines humility, regardless of how you feel about yourself at the moment.The Bible tells us that Jesus is gentle and humble in his heart in Matthew 11:29.
- We can learn a lot about humility from these two lines, and Philippians 2:8 informs us that Jesus humbled Himself on the cross, which is a great example of how to live.
- Because Jesus is our model of humility and our authority on the subject, we will have a greater understanding of how humble we are.
- As a result, our research is essential reading for any serious Christian, regardless of their denomination.
- Humility is emphasized in this verse as a quality that distinguishes a genuine Christian from others.
- It is not necessary to be passive or emotionally weak in order to be considered humble.
Someone who is modest does not bow down to everyone.Jesus was not a guy of weakness.The word ″wimp″ in English does not apply to a guy or woman who is modest in their demeanor.
To that end, let us examine ourselves to see if we possess a humble demeanor.The passage under consideration is Luke 17:7-10.
Jesus’ Four Examples of Humility
In this study, we will look at the continuation of a conversation between Jesus and his followers that began in Luke 17:1.When we get to verses seven through ten, we realize that the whole section is devoted to the subject of humility.Finally, when we examine verses 1-6 of Luke 17, it becomes clear that Jesus has been speaking about humility throughout this entire section, utilizing a variety of illustrations to illustrate his point.Any and all of the ideas that Jesus has been teaching us can never be manifested in our lives if we are self-centered individuals.For example, in verses 1-3 of Matthew 7, Jesus warns us not to be a stumbling block to others around us.
- Those that are self-centered will not care and will continue to be stumbling obstacles for a large number of individuals.
- Those who are haughty will face the consequences of their conduct since God has stated that He is hostile to the proud but provides mercy to those who are humble (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5).
- The Holy Spirit has forewarned us that ″what we sow is what we shall reap″ (Galatians 6:7).
- People who are proud of themselves are rarely worried about others.
- When compared to the arrogant person, who is just concerned with himself or herself, the humble person is sincerely concerned about others.
In Philippians 2:3-4, God reveals one attribute of humble people: they are slow to anger.They are more concerned with others than they are with themselves.No action should be taken out of selfishness or hollow conceit, but rather with humility of mind view one another as more important than oneself; do not only watch out for your own personal interests, but also look out for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3–4 (KJV) (NASB) Later in the chapter, we are taught that as Christ died on the cross for our sins, He served as an example of humility to those who saw Him.He was more concerned about us than he was about himself.He exemplifies the highest level of humility.Jesus cared about us and continues to care about us!A modest individual makes an effort not to be a stumbling obstacle for others.The second point Jesus makes concerning humility is found in Luke 17:3, when He instructs us to be concerned about those who are ensnared in sin themselves.
- We determined that Jesus was most likely referring to a pattern of wrongdoing rather than a single significant transgression when he said this.
- It needs humility to gently and sincerely assist someone in overcoming their wrongdoing (Galatians 6:1).
- When approaching someone in a loving manner, humility is essential since you are aware that they may respond by verbally or physically attacking you.
- Someone who seeks to help someone and is prepared to gently accept any reaction that may result will only be considered modest.
- The humble person assists others in breaking away from their sinful tendencies.
- In verse 4, Jesus’ third example of humility is that we must be prepared to forgive individuals who have offended us on several occasions.
- This particular example pertains to transgressions that do not necessitate the imposition of church punishment.
- Jesus stated we must be prepared to forgive seven times in order to be forgiven once.
In their teachings, the Pharisees asserted that a person did not have to forgive repeatedly.Earlier, Jesus had informed Peter that he would have to forgive seventy times seventy times seventy times (Matthew 18:21-35).Forgiveness is an act of humility, and it is an act of forgiveness.However, it is unfortunate that some Christians would not forgive unless the individual confesses the specific offense, apologizes, and sincerely asks for forgiveness.The individual who is prideful refuses to accept forgiveness.It’s as though the person who has been wronged is withholding forgiveness as a kind of retaliation.
They maintain that the offending individual must beg to be pardoned before the proud individual will provide forgiveness.Frequently, forgiveness is followed with a lecture on what the offended party did that was wrong in the first place.The humble person will forgive unilaterally before an apology is provided, or if an apology is never given at all.The humble person does not keep grudges against people and freely forgives them because God desires that we do so.God exhorts every Christian in Ephesians 4:32 to forgive others because Christ has forgiven you!Allow one another to be gentle and tender-hearted, and to forgive one another, just as God, through Christ, has forgiven you.
That is the purpose for forgiveness, according to Ephesians 4:32 (NASB).You have been forgiven; as a result, you should provide forgiveness unconditionally and without restrictions to the other person.Humble individuals are willing to forgive and forgive again.
Verse 5-6 include the fourth instance of humility, in which Jesus reproves the disciples for their lack of confidence.The three tiny fingers that point back at you when you direct your finger at someone else represent little faith.Whenever your index finger is pointing at someone in whom you profess to have genuine faith, the three smaller fingers on your hand disclose who you genuinely believe in.That is, having little faith indicates that you are placing your confidence in yourself rather than in Christ.
Your lack of faith suggests that you have placed your confidence in the incorrect person.Believers are reminded in Proverbs 3:5-6 that they must put their confidence in the Lord with all their heart.Put your faith in the LORD with all of your heart, and do not put your trust in your own wisdom.
Remember to give thanks to Him in all your ways, and He will make your pathways straight.Proverbs 3:5-6 is a passage of scripture that says (NASB) As a result, Proverbs 3:5-6 is a condemning verse, because none of us can completely rely on God.Our confidence in God grows in direct proportion to our level of humility.That is, the greater our faith in God, the less faith we have in ourselves.The first step in having more confidence in God is to acknowledge how little faith you now have in God.
- True humility is based on faith in God rather than in oneself.
Jesus’ Next Illustration of Humility
Some people may find it difficult to accept Jesus’ fifth and last example of humility in his sequence of teachings because it is so extreme.He will teach us that a Christian is a humble person who will serve Christ as a slave and who will not expect any ″Thank you″ or praise in return for his or her service to the Lord and Savior.It is anticipated that we will serve Christ.We shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for benefits.This is the fifth instance of humility demonstrated by Christ.
- When you have a slave plowing or tending sheep, who of you will say to him when he returns from the field, ‘Come now and sit down to eat’?
- Is it possible that he will tell him, ″Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and after that, you may eat and drink as you please″?
- ″He doesn’t express gratitude to the slave just because he carried out the orders,″ says the master.
- Luke 17:7-9 is a passage from the Bible that teaches that God is a kind and forgiving God (NASB) The picture is straightforward.
- The ″slave″ in this passage is neither a servant or an employee, as is commonly assumed (pais, diakonos or oiketes).
In this passage, the Greek word for ″slave″ is doulos, which means ″servant.″ Doulos is a term used to describe a man or woman who is a slave who is owned by a master.As a result, he or she does not receive compensation for their efforts.They have a legal obligation to follow the orders of their master.
Since the slave is owned by the master, it would be courteous and kind of the master to express praise and thanks to the individual for their work; however, in the event that the master fails to do so, then the slave is still obligated to perform the work.If the slave refuses to perform the required task, he or she may be subjected to some form of punishment.Using this illustration, the slave was performing the tasks of plowing and caring for a herd of sheep.He returned to the house after completing his tasks in the field.Jesus’ rhetorical question prepares us for the conclusion to which He will come.″Will you tell the slave, when he comes in from his work, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’?″ the question asks.
- Some of us might be tempted to do so.
- However, Jesus’ point is that this is not the norm.
- Usually, the slave is given another order by the master.
- As shown in this illustration, the master directs the slave to ″prepare something delicious for me to eat, and dress yourself appropriately and serve me while I eat and drink; after that, you may eat and drink as you please.″ The slave does not receive any thanks from the master!
- The master does not inquire as to whether or not the slave is exhausted and requires rest.
- Slave is the last to eat because the master simply orders more food.
Jesus’ Definition of Humility
Then Jesus arrived to the place where He wished to impart knowledge to the apostles.The reason why the master did not express gratitude to the slave was because the slave was under an obligation to follow his master.He owed nothing to his lord, and he knew it.The same is true for workers who work for a company.A business management does not required to ask employees what jobs they would want to accomplish after they have been compensated by the company.
- The management specifies the duties that the employee is responsible for, assigns the tasks to the employee, and then directs the employee to do the tasks assigned to them.
- The consequences of failing to comply include being fired or demoted.
- It is not true that just because someone has been paid does not mean that the boss owes him or her anything more except their compensation.
- Slaves, on the other hand, were owned and cared for in Christ’s day, and they were provided with a place to sleep and food to eat.
- A slave, on the other hand, might be punished, and even put to death, if he or she does not follow the owner.
It was the slave’s responsibility to execute responsibilities for his owner.The reason for this is that Jesus closed His parable with the words, ″So you too, after you have completed all that has been prescribed for you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves;’ we merely did what we ought to have done.″ Luke 17:10 (KJV) (NASB) Jesus’ illustration is quite effective.In his instructions to the disciples, Jesus stated that they should adopt the mentality of ″unworthy slaves,″ who should be grateful for whatever that they get.
They were not obligated to pay anything.It was once said that they were ″useless″ and that they were ″good for nothing.″ Then Jesus emphasizes the point by stating what we ″should have done″ in the first place.The Greek term for ″ought″ is opheilo, which means ″should.″ In this context, the term denotes ″to be under an obligation to make a payment as a result of having previously received something of significant worth.″ Jesus was referring to the virtue of humility.He was imparting a spiritual concept to the disciples, namely, that Christians are slaves of Christ, in this instance.Christ died on the cross so that people may be absolved of their sins, a blessing that they would never be able to reclaim.Even if we were to die in an attempt to atone for our own sins, we would be entirely ineffective in our efforts.
- No, we’d just end up in hell.
- There is no other place where you may get forgiveness of sins but in Jesus Christ.
- People who are proud of themselves will never yield and will always believe they are entitled to special treatment.
- What was the fundamental point of Jesus’ message?
- Humility is a quality that distinguishes a real disciple of Christ.
- True disciples will choose to submit to Christ and will not look for anything in exchange.
- The true disciples of Christ are conscious of the fact that, in light of all that God has done for them, they deserve nothing in return for their devoted devotion to Him in any way.
- In summation, Christ’s concept of humility is that humble individuals surrender to Him and do not expect anything in exchange for their submission.
This is the sixth quality of humility that Jesus possesses.Humble individuals are willing to submit to others and do not want anything in return.As a result, the greatest demonstration of a humble believer is that he or she submits to Christ without expecting anything in return and without making any demands.Unfortunately, some Christians have difficulties with their submission to Christ.They think that if they serve Christ, He will reward them in some way or another.They are persons who are pleased with themselves.
They find the concept of slavery to be repugnant.They are disinclined to follow orders.They would rather party and enjoy the joys of the world and their bodies, while holding on to the hope of one day entering paradise as a result of their actions.They seek the assurance of paradise while continuing to act in rebellion.They think that if they serve Christ, God would notice their good deeds and reward them with some kind of special benefit.When they serve Christ, they act as if Christ is the employer and they are the hired employees who are entitled to be reimbursed.
In his writings on the relationship between a believer and God, Ignatius of Antioch (A.D.30-107) made the following observation: The Christian does not have authority over himself, but is willing to submit to God’s will.That is, believers should respond as if they were God’s slaves.
Slaves should be like the EverReady Bunny in that they should be ready to obey at all times.Slaves are constantly under the control of God.Are you a slave to God, or are you a free and self-sufficient individual?The desire to be a slave for the Father and for Jesus Christ is the distinguishing characteristic of a sincere Christian.
Humility In The Apostles
Let us spend a few minutes to reflect on the lives of the apostles to gain a better understanding of humility.You should be aware that the apostles referred to themselves as the doulos of Christ in several places, including Paul (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1), Peter (2 Peter 1:1), James (James 1:1), and Jude (Jude 1:1).(Jude 1:1).A doulos of Christ is described by the apostle John in Revelation 1:1, and every Christian shares this description.These passages may not be referred to as ″slaves″ in your Bible, but rather as ″bond-servant″ or ″bond-servants.″ Translations of the Greek term doulos into English have been withheld due to concerns that some Christians might be upset if they were told that they were the slaves of Christ, as suggested by the translators of our English Bibles.
- The apostles, on the other hand, were not offended when they claimed in their writings that they were doulos.
- They were unassuming guys who were eager to serve as slaves for the sake of Christ.
- How modest do you consider yourself to be?
- Every one of the apostles want to be a doulos, or to be obedient to whatever Christ required of them.
- Humility is a state of mind and the result of the action of the Holy Spirit.
Allow us to pause for a moment and consider 1 Corinthians 12:3.Also shown is the character of a real Christian in this passage.The apostle Paul is a wonderful role model.
Heart Attitude of Humility
The humility of the apostles should compel us to feel embarrassed in our own lives.They’ve put us to shame, to be honest.For example, the apostle Paul used these phrases in 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 to show his honest heart attitude toward the church.I have nothing to brag about if I preach the gospel because I am compelled to do so; on the other hand, woe be unto me if I do not preach the gospel.Because if I do something freely, I will receive a reward; yet, if I do it against my choice, I will be entrusted with a stewardship.
- 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 is a biblical passage (NASB) Paul’s message is unambiguous.
- He stated that I had no legitimate motive to brag.
- He did it because he was forced to do so.
- The Greek term for compulsion is ananke, which means ″compelled.″ The word can refer to difficulty, trouble, a total duty, or anything that is absolutely required.
As a result, Paul is asserting that he is under an absolute obligation to proclaim the gospel.It appears to be a difficulty for him, and then he adds, ″Woe is me if I do not proclaim the gospel.″ Some believers and pastors would resign from their positions at this moment.Some people assume that serving in the ministry should be a simple and exhilarating experience.
However, this is not the case.Jesus forewarned us that a disciple is not superior to his or her teacher (Matthew 10:24).In John 15:20, Jesus says, ″Remember the word that I told to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his owner.’″ A slave is not greater than his master, according to Jesus.If they tormented Me, they will persecute you as well; if they kept My word, they will also keep yours, says the Lord.15:20 in the Gospel of John (NASB) Unfortunately, this is also true within the walls of the church.Some of the most vehement opponents of the cross are found among the ranks of the church’s detractors.
- Paul was subjected to persecution from those outside the church as well as internal divisions inside the church (Acts 15:1-2; 15:39; 2 Timothy 4:10).
- ″I feel compelled to do this!″ Paul said.
- Then Paul clarified that if he proclaimed the gospel just out of necessity, he would not be eligible for a prize.
- He would only be eligible for a prize if he preached the gospel on his own initiative, out of a genuine desire to do so.
- That is the attitude of the heart of someone who want to be a slave for Christ.
- However, if you are a slave for Christ out of need, you will not receive any compensation.
If we are entirely honest with ourselves, we are not completely modest.We haven’t made it to our destination yet.Humble individuals are not those who engage in self-deprecating humor or who make fun of themselves.They do not boast or interrupt others, but they are eager to offer credit to and assist others when the opportunity arises.As a matter of fact, we can only define features of humility in the same way that we may identify symptoms of a sickness.
- Despite the fact that we cannot see the germs or viruses that cause sickness, we can recognize the symptoms.
- Humility manifests itself in five ways, according to what we’ve discovered: 1.
- Humble individuals make an effort not to be a stumbling obstacle for others.
- The humble person assists others in breaking away from their sinful habits.
3.Humble individuals are willing to forgive and forgive again.4.
Humble individuals put their reliance in God rather than in themselves.5.A really humble person willingly and happily submits himself or herself to God and to others.These five signs of humility might assist us in recognizing them in our own lives.How modest do you consider yourself to be?The teachings of Ch