Humility, a Characteristic of Obedience

In this mornings thought, I will continue on the subject of obedience with a few more pointers from God’s Word. Humility is a very important quality. As we are obedient to God and His Word, humility will be one of a Godly characteristic. Humility shows an obedient spirit.

  • Humility is good training in obedience. Titus 3:1-2 “Remind your people to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not speak evil of anyone, and they must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.”

  • Humility is the proper attitude before God – a reverence to the almighty. Proverbs 22:4 NLT- True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. Joshua 7:1-26, NIV – V6: Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell face down to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.

  • Humility keeps us from depending on our own strengths. James 4:10, NLT-When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.

  • Humility makes our prayers direct and honest, God speaks, we obey! 2 Kings 5:1-19, TLB – V 13: But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!”

  • Humility clarifies our dependence on God.

  • Humility challenges our pride. Psalm 8:1-9, NIV – VERSE 3-4: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Proverbs 11:2 Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

  • Humility increases our appreciation for God. Luke 14:1-14, TLB – VERSE 11: For everyone who tries to honor himself shall be humbled; and he who humbles himself shall be honored.

  • Humility is essential for service to others. Philippians 2:3, NLT – Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.

Without obedience we will lack humility and pride will set in.

Pride lures us into living independently of God. Mark 6:1-12, TLB – VERSE 5: And because of their unbelief he couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. Psalm 10:1-18, TLB – V. 11: “God isn’t watching,” they say to themselves; “he’ll never know!” (God sees everything…in public and private)

  • Serving others is a distinguishing mark of Christians in the world. Matthew 20:20-34, TLB – VERSE 26: But Jesus called them together and said, “Among the heathen, kings are tyrants and each minor official lords it over those beneath him. But among you it is quite different. Anyone wanting to be a leader among you must be your servant.”

1 Peter 4:11- Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.

  • Serving others is real leadership. Romans 7:1-6,TLB –V.6: But now you need no longer worry about the Jewish laws and customs because you “died” while in their captivity, and now you can really serve God; not in the old way, mechanically obeying a set of rules, but in the new way, [with all of your hearts and minds].

Colossians 3:23-24- Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.

As we can see in todays thoughts humility falls in line as we become obedient to God and His Word.

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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