Choices, Gentleness, Lessons from Jesus

Understanding Humility

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point to death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8

We can all experience a touch of self-importance at times and at other times we question our own self-worth. In the secular setting, self-esteem is built up or knocked down by looking inward and accessing our value in the world. In the setting of God’s kingdom, our sense of self comes from looking towards Christ.

The Lord Jesus could have resisted the constraints of his human form and made a great show of dominance and power. Instead, he chose obedience to the Father and humbled himself for the good of everyone else. He counted the needs of those around him far more important than his own.

It has been said that humility is not thinking less of yourself, but rather, thinking of yourself less. In other words, look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (v4). James follows this thought by asking: “Are you wise and intelligent? Then let true wisdom be seen as you conduct yourself in gentleness and not arrogance.” (3:13) There is no place for arrogance or pride in the heart of the Christian, for that does not bring pleasure to God in any way. Instead, we are to clothe ourselves with heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Col 3:12

Just because we need to relinquish self-importance, doesn’t mean we are not important. We have worth, we have value and we are extremely important to God; it just has nothing to do with our own achievements or accomplishments and everything to do with His.

Jesus followed the will of the Father and because of his obedience, God highly exalted him. Likewise, when we follow Christ’s example and choose to be humble, we also will be exalted at the proper time. 1 Peter 5:6

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