Many years ago I watched a man I knew very well become the target of harsh verbal attacks. Never could I have imagined this happening to a man such as this. I sat and watched as people got up in a Youth meeting and hurled unfounded insults against one of the most godly men I have ever had the honor to call my friend. His wife sat with tears streaming down her face listening to lies about her husband. It was awful. As those that had planned this attack finished their insults, my friend stood up. He asked for all of those people to forgive him for anything he had done that might have hurt them.
No striking back, no tongue lashing, no Harper Valley PTA garbage. Just a Humble Heart that understood any other response, other than “I am so sorry, Please forgive me if I have hurt you in anyway.” would be less than Christ like.
The room was silent.
A Godly man, humbled himself before those that did not deserve it.
It was an example of humility that will never be forgotten. It changed me and eventually changed those in the room.
Humility does not come easy to most of us, especially when we or our loved ones are being attacked. Thankfully, we have a Savior who gave us a perfect example of what true humility looks like. Christ lowered Himself to that of a man, so that He could lift us up to His Father.
Christ knew He would have to endure insults and unbearable physical pain. But worst of all, there would be a time in which the sin He took from us would separate Him from the Father. Christ took our sin as His own… humbled Himself for us…
While prepping for our Ladies Class, I realized the Bible gives plenty of scripture on how to be humble. But one thing stood out, it always starts with being Humble before God first. So, let’s start there…
Confess your sins before God
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.
We can never be humble before man if we do not confess our sins to God. When we confess our sins outwardly to God, He will lift us up. We need to wait for God to exalt us, not man. This requires humility as we wait patiently on the Lord.
Fix yourself, pray for others
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…
Praying for your enemies will turn your heart. Yes, your heart. Please note the scripture does not imply that God will turn their heart. Pray, God will take care of the rest.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before the fall.
We find it so easy to become full of ourselves, especially when in a situation that we feel “I” am in the right. However, ” the wall is tall , especially when we fall” Staying humble means we are grounded and never have to worry about our destruction. It may also mean we might not get our 15 minutes of fame. Stay small
Lift others up
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
It is amazing the feeling you get when lifting others up instead of yourself. We see how it changes them from the inside out. It also changes us. Let’s do more of this in the future with other adults, (kids are easy to lift up) We all need to feel loved by others.
1 Peter 5:5
And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
If we are to be dressed for success we have purchased a dress from the store of humility. God requires us to practice humility and remain humble. And what is the reward? GRACE…the greatest gift from the most humble man that ever walked.