Learning to Walk Humbly
Part of maturity is learning to walk humbly with God and with each other. Selfishness and pride squeeze the life out of relationships. When you and I really love someone, we learn to walk humbly with them.
Jesus is our best model for humility.
Jesus showed us how to walk humbly. When he came to this earth, he showed us how to live and relate with others.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 NLT
Humility is learning to lay down your life for others. Humility is also rising up to fully be who God has called you to be. As you walk humbly with God, there will be times that you are “crucifying your flesh.” You will die to selfishness, even as you rise up to a higher purpose in Him. Profound humility leads to God’s exaltation. Jesus again shows us the way:
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 NLT
Do you feel like you have the corner on truth?
Let’s face it no one has a corner on truth no matter how convinced you are that you’re right. Consider what the other person has said — before you open your mouth. Only then speak the truth in love allowing Jesus, the truth giver to lead the conversation. Learning to walk humbly will mend friendships.
God wants us to grow up to know the whole truth and to tell it in love like Christ in everything. Even when your intentions are right, your perspective can easily be tainted by pride and twisted by deception. Part of growing up is walking humbly with the knowledge that on a regular basis you’re wrong, but God is right.
“Instead, speaking the truth in love,
we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head,
that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
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