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The Glory of Humility

Humility is a very underplayed virtue in these modern times, however, the Bible reminds us in both Proverbs 3:34 and 1 Peter 5:5 both state, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” A man cannot receive God’s grace until he has realized his need for it and has come to God humbly pleading for help.

All through the Bible there runs the conviction that it is only the humble who can know the blessings of God. God will save the humble person (Job 22:29). A man’s pride will bring him low but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit (Proverbs 29:23). God dwells on high, but He is also with him that is of a humble and contrite spirit (Isaiah 57:15). They that fear the Lord will humble their souls in His sight, and the greater a man is the more he ought to humble himself, if he is to find favor in the sight of God. In the book of Micah, the question is posed, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?” Jesus Himself declared that it was the man who humbled himself who would be exhalted (Luke 14:11).

The true follower of Christ must have humility, for it is humility that gives him dauntless courage (for he relies upon God’s power, not his own) and in humility he knows that the only way to a relationship with God is not through his own righteousness but through the righteousness of Christ.

Only when we remember that God is the source of everything, can we truly become thankful people. God has truly blessed us as individuals, as a church family and as a nation. When we realize that we are dependent upon Him, then we become free to stand in God’s strength and praise Him for who He is. Only then do we become free to thank Him for all that He has done, is doing and will continue to do for us.

Let us humble ourselves and give thanks to God with a grateful heart.

Humbly Serving Together With You

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