Finding Strength in Humility

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, June 06, 2019

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

There is a tendency from some to equate humility with weakness. Indeed, some people try to take advantage of those who are cultivating humility because they take their meekness for powerlessness. Humble individuals are often underappreciated, overlooked, disrespected, and taken for granted. They are usually very accomplished, dynamically progressive without the fanfare, gifted and talented, and skillful leaders. Yet, they don’t covet the limelight. Instead, they seek to lead with love and emotional intelligence.

In today’s text, believers in Colossians are exhorted to clothe their selves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Humility is not just another notch on our existential belts. It is part of our spiritual identity. It reflects our commitment to holiness and allows others to see in us the Christ that we proclaim.

It takes a strong individual to cultivate humility. The very idea of abasing oneself when others are trying to elevate their selves is seemingly counterintuitive. Yet there is a level of holiness that is only reserved for the humble. There is a degree of inner fortitude and spiritual strength that only the humble possesses.

The humble person does not operate from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility, regards others as more than himself or herself (Philippians 2:3). Only in humility do we find the strength to put the needs of others ahead of our individual needs. It takes a humble person to rejoice for the success of others.

God gives extra strength to the humble, so they don’t get discouraged and bitter when they are disregarded. It is that extra strength that allows the humble to be gentle to those who are arrogant and boastful, or kind to those who are selfish and greedy, or patient with those that are prone to step on others on their way to achieving their goal. Because of that strength, the humble are not jealous or envious of the prosperity of others.

Humility is both a spiritual practice and a godly temperament. It is necessary for spiritual maturity. The Almighty demands that we approach him in humility. He makes himself known to those who reverence him and humble their selves at his feet. That is why the writer of James says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).

Being an introvert does not make one humble. Many introverts are arrogant and selfish. Humility is a quietness of the spirit and soul. One can be gregarious and humble. Jesus was the personification of humility. Though he often withdrew himself to pray alone, he enjoyed being among the masses. He loved to be around large crowds and did not shy away from a good celebration.

It is very challenging to practice humility in American culture. Most people in America are taught to be assertive and aggressive so they can get ahead in life. We are rewarded for our greed and selfishness with material success. Also, we patronize the humble as if their humility is idealistic. However, as God’s chosen people, we are to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the strength to practice humility and the grace to remain humble when we are slighted because of our humility.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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