What Does the Bible Say About Being Humble?
Being humble is something that is a must for anybody who calls herself a Christian—the Bible cannot be more clear about this. The Old Testament mentions the importance of being humble several times. During his ministry, Jesus spoke about the importance of being humble. The subject is also brought up several times throughout the writings of the Apostles found in the New Testament.
The Bible is very straightforward when discussing those who are filled with pride. James and 1 Peter quote Proverbs 3:34, which states that “He (God) mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 16:18 goes even more in depth, saying that “pride goes before destruction; a haughty spirit before the fall.” It is only in being humble that we realize just how much we need a Savior. Those who are proud believe they are fine as is and that they don’t need God in their lives.
Christians are taught that they should live just as Christ Himself lived. Christ’s life on earth began as humbly as could be, in a stable in Bethlehem. In Matthew 11, Jesus says, “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart.” He goes on to say that “you will find rest for your souls” by doing this.
Most importantly, Jesus humbled himself to the will of his Father. Every time you say the Lord’s Prayer, which Christ taught us, you humble yourself before God (“Thy will be done”). Jesus humbled himself again in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he again submitted to the will of the Father. As Phillipians 2:8 states, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.” In short, Christ is the ultimate example of a person being humble.
As stated above, it is only in being humble that one realizes just how badly one needs salvation. As 1 Peter says, “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may life you up in due time.” When you submit your will to God, you can get through the difficult times of your life with relative ease, since those who are humble and spend time in prayer and reading the Word of God will be given direction.
Christians often swell with pride when dealing with individuals who have strayed from the faith. Galatians 6:1 reminds us that it is our job as Christians to help those who have fallen into sin so that they may be spiritually restored. However, the Christian must be humble and do this “gently” as the verse says, or else that individual may fall into temptation and sin himself. It is important to remember that there will come a time when you fall off the right path.
The best way you can humble yourself before God is to give Him your time. This doesn’t mean fitting God into your day. Rather, you should build your day around the time you give to God. By reading the Bible every day and having a committed daily prayer life, you are already submitting your will to God. These moments with God will allow you to know God’s plan for you. When you follow God’s plan and will, you humble yourself to your Lord and God.
You also need to remember to be humble when dealing with your relationships with friends and family. No matter how upset you may get with these people, never forget 1 Corinthians 13:4: “It (Love) does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”