“Don’t tear down another person with your words. Instead, keep the peace, and be considerate. Be truly humble toward everyone.” Titus 3:2 VOICE
How does one “show true humility”? Humility is a very elusive character trait, yet the Bible regards it as a highly important quality. Jesus referred to himself as “humble and gentle at heart” (Matthew 11:29). In Romans 12:3, Paul wrote the clearest definition of humility apart from Jesus’ own example: “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
Humility, then, boils down to having an honest assessment of ourselves before God. We show false humility when we project negative worth on our abilities and efforts. We show pride when we inflate ourselves and efforts and look down on others. True humility views our character and accomplishments honestly.
Once you have a good grip on who you truly are, you are less likely to need to inflate yourselves to others. You don’t have to put yourself down either to make yourself look humble. Finding your true identity, which is in Christ, frees you to unapologetically be who you are – no hiding, no masking, no exaggerating the truth. You are infinitely valuable to Christ. Understanding that changes everything. Anything less than that and you’ll be scrambling to compensate.
How are you doing with humility during this time? It seems like it would be easier now that we are not around each other much, but I sure have struggled. My pride manifests itself when I drive, when I feel policed by someone else that I am not social distancing properly, and it certainly comes out at home.
Maybe you are doing better than I am. Maybe you should ask the Lord to reveal where you still have pride in yourself. Confess your pride to Him. Ask him to help you with humility. This can be a dangerous prayer, but that doesnt mean we shouldn’t pray it.