Performing true Humility! Part Two.
“For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.” Psalm 149:4
One of the most admirable characteristics a person can have is humility. Unfortunately, it is often underrated and misunderstood. Humility is not thinking less of yourself but rather thinking of yourself less. It is not about putting yourself down but rather lifting others. True humility is not thinking you are better than anyone else but recognizing that we are all equal in the eyes of God. It is not being boastful or prideful but being modest and unassuming.
As we can see from Philemon 1:1-25, Paul instructed Onesimus to return to his master and also informed Philemon through a letter that he wanted Onesimus to be treated as a brother, not a slave. He also asks Philemon to forgive Onesimus for any wrong he may have done. Truly, to bring a sacred bond in this relationship requires one to be humble. Philemon must willingly sacrifice his ego for godly relationships, while Onesimus is willing to be obedient to those in authority over him.
Philemon 1:16 says, “He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave; he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.”
As Apostle Paul encouraged both men (especially Philemon) to display true humility in their interactions with one another, likewise, I encourage you to show true humility in your marriage, family, employee, the boss at work, and friends. True humility is not about looking down on others or thinking that we are better than they are. Instead, it is about recognizing our sinfulness and shortcomings and recognizing that we are not worthy of God’s love and grace.
God desires to use humble people to accomplish great things. He has a special purpose for us and wants us to use our gifts and talents to further His Kingdom. When we walk in humility, we are willing to do whatever He asks us to do and receive His blessings. The gospel of Christ transforms human relationships, as we can see from Philemon the master and Onesimus, who happens to be his servant, seeing that they have been united with Christ and now they both belong to the family of God. Therefore, let us all strive to walk in true humility and allow God to use us to do great things. Psalm 25:9 says, “God leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”
1. Holy Spirit, help me remain humble so I can maintain a godly relationship.
2. Every arrogant and self-centered spirit stealing my joy, I wash you out with the blood of Jesus.
3. As the stars and moon shine, may your life shine into a new dawn of blessings, glory, joy, honor, and victory in the name of Jesus.