Humility

What is humility? It is the quality or condition of being humble. There are some people in the Bible who have been made humble by God. One of them is Peter.

Peter, the disciple of Jesus, is somebody who was nally clothed with humility after the hardships of his discipleship. Though he boasted that his loyalty to Jesus would never waver, he still betrayed Jesus. Upon realising his sin, he was greatly humbled and went on to be a powerful instrument for his Lord.

The next person that has humility (perfect humility, to be exact) is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus, before beginning His ministry at 30, was in the temple listening to the preaching of the religious teachers. He listened to them attentively with all meekness , though He knew infinitely more than them. Luke 2:41-52 notes that Jesus was sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. (Doctors meaning teachers or instructors).

Our Lord also showed meekness when He washed His disciples’ feet before the Last Supper as recorded in John 13:1-17. Scriptures also tell us of His perfect example, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil 2:8

Humility has been emphasized in Bible. Passages like Proverbs 15:33 tell us that humility comes before honour. Matthew 23:12 says that the humble will be exalted. Likewise, humility is the fruit of God’s grace, a key evidence of Christ working in us. In 1 Peter 5:5, Peter says “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”. A disciple of Christ possesses humility. To stay humble and receive God’s grace would be to constantly meditate on the height of God’s glory. Job 22:29 encourages those who are humble, and reminds us that God “shall save the humble person”.

I hope this article might give you a better understanding of humility and be of bene t to you.

Written by: Lim Yang Zhi | Issue 1

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