Knowing how to humble yourself is key to walking in love.
A few girlfriends and I visited an upscale Kansas City seafood restaurant in an area called the Country Club Plaza. I wasn’t in the mood for fish, so I ordered chicken. The chicken entrée was nothing to ‘write home’ about. It was mediocre at best. I know what you’re thinking: at a restaurant famous for seafood, and I ordered chicken! Lesson learned. But people do the same thing all of the time. I’ll tell you how in a minute. This post is all about how to be humble.
Can’t wait to tell you what I learned about this topic.
First, in order to understand love, you’ve got to go to the source. God is love personified (I John 4:8). At the seat of His very being is love, love love. We’re nothing but the recipients of His love and grace.
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He’s the perfect source to teach us how to love!
Just like I ordered chicken in a fish restaurant, we try to find out how to be humble and walk in love from the wrong sources. For chicken, I need to find a source that specializes in chicken. For love and humility, I need to find a source for that too.
It’s silly to allow Hollywood-derived love stories to shape our expectations of how our men should treat us or how our friends should interact with us. Instead, turn to the God of the universe and His ‘expert instruction manual’(the Bible) for a guide on loving and living.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Corinthians 13:4
First Corinthians chapter twelve is known as the “love chapter” because it defines explicitly how to love one another. When I want to know how to humble myself, I go to that chapter.
Yeah, when I’m struggling in my love walk, I go to the ‘love chapter’ every single time. It reminds me that love is not puffed up, but humble.
The Message Bible translates this perfectly.
For instance, the Message Bible translates first Corinthians chapter twelve verse four superbly: “love cares more for others than for self.”
What a perfect adaptation of the love scripture! There’s nothing arrogant or puffed up about it at all. Want to know how to humble yourself – you too should refer to this scripture often. Maybe put it in your phone’s calendar so it will pop up randomly and remind you how to humble yourself and walk in love.
Loving others in “real life”
Love is saying you’re sorry when you know you didn’t do anything wrong. Love is listening to the same story time and time again because it blesses the storyteller. Love is saying “no problem” when it really is a huge problem. In a loving relationship, you don’t concentrate on flaws; instead, you patiently love others into wholeness.
Godly love shows His fingerprint on your life so others will want to know Him. In the right balance, this type of love is the true ingredient to harmony and relational peace.
A Godly Parallel
God’s loving-kindness attracted us and continues to sustain us.
He loves past our hurts, deficiencies, and pain.
If we don’t love others the way He loves us, we can’t even say we know Him because that’s who and what He is. Read I John 4:8 again.
Loving through pain, defensiveness, and insecurity is not easy.
It’s the epitome of self-denial and the death of selfish motives. When you love God’s way, you forget your right to be “right.” You abandon your ambitions to look “good,” and you just love in spite of how you feel.
Deflate the ego, decompress your love walk, Godsy Girl, and let’s love God’s way – in sincerity and humility.
How to humble yourself? look at these Biblical examples:
- Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet (John 13:3-17):
In one of the most powerful demonstrations of humility, Jesus, the Son of God, took on the role of a servant and washed the feet of His disciples. This act emphasized the importance of serving others with a humble heart.
- The Humility of Moses (Numbers 12:3):
The Bible describes Moses as “the most humble man on the face of the earth.” Despite his incredible leadership and close relationship with God, Moses remained humble and relied on God’s guidance.
- The Example of Mary, Mother of Jesus (Luke 1:38):
Mary’s humble response to the angel Gabriel’s announcement that she would conceive the Savior exemplifies profound humility. She responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
- The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14):
Jesus shared a parable illustrating the contrast between a proud Pharisee and a humble tax collector. The tax collector’s humble plea for mercy was exalted over the Pharisee’s self-righteousness.
- Paul’s Exhortation in Philippians (Philippians 2:3-8):
The apostle Paul encourages believers to adopt the humility of Christ, who, though divine, humbled Himself, taking on the form of a servant and willingly enduring the cross for the sake of humanity.
These biblical examples highlight the significance of humility in the Christian walk, emphasizing that true greatness is found in a humble heart that seeks to serve and follow God’s will.
Savet his so next time you need a scripture on the topic “How to humble yourself”, you will have them. 🙂
How to humble? I have a resource! Check out: “What is Humility?” from the Desiring God website.