Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8 NASB)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: KINDNESS
Genuine humility is a treasure that everyone needs. It’s also a choice. The choice that you make in any moment or situation will be seen in your life. Specifically, the fruit of your humility is consistent obedience to God. (Note: I didn’t say constant or perfect.)
I want to tread very carefully here, because I know how heavy a heart that earnestly wants to please God can become. I want to free you from that, not add to it.
Jesus paid the price to offer you humility by giving you a new heart and a new spirit when you believed in and made Him Lord. If you want to please God, that is a gift directly from the Father and you are on the right track. (If you don’t, that’s a problem. You are full of pride and need to repent.)
Those of you who want to please Him: Instead of viewing obedience as something you must do, view the enemy of humility and obedience, namely pride, as something you must kill. This is not something you have been left to do alone. The very Spirit of the Living God lives in you to help you walk out His ways humbly and gracefully.
Grab help by being open with a trusted believer and asking them for prayer. That is a step of humility in and of itself!
Put on that new heart and spirit together and fight united against pride in every form including judgment, criticism, jealousy, strife, selfish ambition, gossip, laziness, self-pity, disobedience, and your way over His Word. In that you are fighting for love, truth, obedience, and even for Jesus. He is worth fighting for… So are you, Dear One! He found you precious and worth the fight all the way to death on the cross, so don’t bow down to anything trying to steal what He’s won for you and others! Together we will rise victorious and quicken the coming of our King.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Colossians 3:12 NASB)
Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5 AKJV)
See also: Shattering Envy at the Foot of the Cross
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