Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
Sometimes when we forget the meaning of a word, we lose the positive influence upon our life and the lives of others. Take the word “humble” and the virtue of “humility”. I read a thought=provoking devotional that ask: “When you think of humble people, what images come to mind? What character and attitudes contribute to humility? We often hold misconceptions about humility. Some people believe they can gain humility only when they deny the talents they possess. But, the author says, that is not humility; it’s foolishness. When we deny our abilities, we deny the goodness and grace of God, the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word “humility” has two contexts. In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one's own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one's own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the Divine will.
Matthew 5:5 “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.”
Humility comes from a proper perspective about our God-given gifts and talents. We can admit that we have talents, abilities, and intelligence and still remain humble as long as we don’t take the glory, rut instead give thanks to God who is the source of our talents and abilities. We also thank Gods for our accomplishments. We shouldn’t say, “I can’t brag about the talents I’ve received, but just look at what I’ve done with them!” Instead, we acknowledge that God works through us and that without Him we can do nothing.
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
Foster humility in your life today. Thank God for giving you abilities of the accomplishing His work in and through you. Give glory to God as you use your gifts and talents for Him today.
In Christ, Brian