Humility in the Sinner Saved by Grace

by Lee Buford on September 16, 2010

Humility is a concept not easily understood, attained, or embraced in modern society. We ALL face our own challenges with humility, in one form or another. Our lack of humility is consistent with our sinful, prideful nature; the one that’s constantly screaming, “What about me?”.

But humility is a concept ingrained throughout scripture and modeled by our Lord and Savior throughout his earthly life and ministry. As followers of Christ we are to exhibit humility.

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
– Proverbs 15:33

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5

But how do we do this…how is it possible to tackle some of life’s most difficult situations with an attitude of Christ-like humility?

The folks at The Gospel Coalition shared the following video conversation between pastors James MacDonald and C. J. Mahaney, both of whom I greatly admire. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch as these men provide excellent, gospel-based answers to the challenge of addressing others with humility, particularly as it applies to addressing other believers who are exhibiting a pattern of sin in their lives.

I would also suggest Mahaney’s book, Humility: True Greatness, as an additional source of excellent biblical perspective on the subject of humility.

It will never be easy for any of us to exhibit true humility in the face of adversity, but through the power of Christ in us, we can achieve a greater measure of humility in our own lives and personal relationships with others.

How are you challenged to be more humble in your everyday walk with Christ? Can you identify certain situations, or people, around which or whom your ability to be humble is greatly compromised or threatened?

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