Performing True Humility! Part Four.
“For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” Psalm 149:4
How we view our relationships with others has a lot to do with how we think about ourselves. If we consider ourselves important and above others, we are likely to act arrogantly and be demanding in our relationships. On the other hand, if we think of ourselves as equal to others, we are more likely to be humble and willing to serve others. Jesus modeled humility and mutual service and offered us a better way to live. He shows that when we serve others, we show them that we care about them and want to help them. This builds trust and intimacy in relationships.
When we are humble, we recognize our weaknesses and limitations. We also see the worth of others, even those who are different from us. This leads us to serve others willingly, without expecting anything in return. Remember, iron that sharpens each other recognized the weakness and worthiness of each other (Proverbs 27:17). Jesus showed us the importance of humility and mutual service when he washed his disciples’ feet. He knew they were about to betray him, yet he still served them.
James 3:13 says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct, let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”
Humility is key if you’re looking to build a strong, lasting relationship with someone, whether it’s your spouse or business partner. When both parties are willing to serve one another selflessly, it breeds mutual respect and admiration. This in turn builds trust and lays the groundwork for a productive, healthy relationship. Unfortunately, too often, we get caught up in our agendas and forget that the other person is an individual with their thoughts, feelings, and needs.
Remember, real progress can be made only when we put our egos aside and start thinking about what we can do to help others. Remember, humility breeds mutual services, while mutual benefits build healthy relationships because it demonstrates our willingness to cooperate and work together for a common goal. We’re not just interested in taking from the other person – we’re also willing to give something of ourselves because “iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
1. Oh Lord, I pray that you may grant me a humble heart and a humble spirit. I pray you grant me the courage to do what is right wherever I go.
2. Every arrogant and rival spirit that crawled around to create misbehavior and denied me the kingdom’s blessing burn to ashes now in Jesus’ name.