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Humble Confidence

Dear friends, our very own Teresa T. has a great message for us today:

HumbleConfidentThis group loves God’s word and often discusses how to best apply the scriptures. Winning Him Without Words encourages us to serve as a living testimony, rather than to badger our pre-believers with arguments and ploys. So, it is important for us to be clear in our own minds about what scriptures ask us to do.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, …. 1Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Some translations use the word “meekness” instead of “gentleness.”

Let’s explore some commandments on humility and confidence that can appear, at first glance, to be difficult to put together. How can we be both? Join me in a short series of posts to explore how we can marry these commandments together in our lives. I hope that through discussion, we will find that they fit together nicely.

Let’s start by looking at humility and meekness. Here are a few passages:

Passage

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Micah 6:8 (NIV)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
      And what does the Lord require of you?
  To act justly and to love mercy
      and  to walk humbly with your God.

I love this passage. It is good  to be humble. The Lord requires us to be humble. That’s clear.

Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly   loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

This passage is also a command. Here, humility is in good company with  other sweet characteristics that speak to the condition of our hearts. Humility is not just a rank or station in life. It is a state of being.

Matthew 20:26 – 27 (NIV)

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become   great among you must be your servant, and  whoever wants to be first must be your slave—

What? Become the least to become the greatest? 

God’s economy just is not the same as the world’s economy. In this passage, Christ gives a terrific definition of humility.  And He tells us that He values it.

Proverbs 3:34 (HCSB)

He mocks those who mock,
  but gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 3:34 (ESV)

Toward the scorners he is scornful,But to the humble, he gives favor.

He values humility so much. The humble get grace and favor. Sign me up.

Matthew 5:5 (NIV)

Blessed are the meek,
      for  they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5 (HCSB)

The gentle are blessed,
  for they will inherit the earth.

Do you recognize the Beatitudes?

Looking at different translations can help to clarity scriptures.   Here, one translation uses the word “meek” and another “gentle.”

Humility means to be modest and to consider your own importance less than you consider the importance of others. It means to respect God and others. It means to accept God's authority. Other words that mean humble include meek, modest and unpretentious. Arrogance is the opposite of humility.

When we realize that all our strengths come from Him and He loves us in spite of our earthly faults, we can be more gentle and loving toward others.

Humility does not imply self-loathing. Humility does not require us to think we are worthless. We are not. We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). We have heard that so often, but stop to think how powerful that is. We are created in the image of God. Wowzers. There is something good in each of us that it meant to reveal an aspect of God. And God sent His Son to die for us so that we can live an abundant life (John 3:16). He values us. Modest does not mean frumpy. Respecting others does not mean we disrespect ourselves.

I think that it takes a certain amount of self-confidence to be humble. We can put others first when we are not constantly looking for self-affirmation.

Review the verses listed in the table above once again. We are rewarded for being humble. Doesn’t that give you courage? Are you starting to see that humility and courage really do go together? The next time I post, we’ll look more closely at courage.

Prayer

Lord, soften our hearts. Let us become humble and put value on others. Help us to not seek compliments or the center of attention. Help us to lavish attention on our loved ones and invest time in them, even when we are tired. Show us how we can bless a stranger. Let us be patient, kind and caring. Amen.

Conversation

What does humility mean to you? How do you see its relationship with courage?  How does humility help you to show love? There are plenty of other verses on humility and meekness. Is there one that speaks to you? Can you think of a "role model" who exhibits this trait? Share in the comments below.

Thanks

Thanks, Lynette, for inspiring this post! I enjoy our discussions. ~ Teresa

Such a great message about humility. Thank you, Teresa! Hugs! ~Dineen & Lynn

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Share your voice, heart and love in the comments. 

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