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Silently Humble

If we want to be God’s people, we must consider ourselves less than others. In Mark 9:35, Jesus says, “‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’” Philippians 2:3, James 4:10 and Proverbs 3:34 are also just a taste of what the Bible says about choosing to be humble. Different writers, different times, same point – abandon pride in yourself.

Why is God so adamant about conveying this point to us? Maybe it’s because we don’t do it. We say humilty is important and we talk about “dying to self,” but do we really know it looks like to truly abandon ourselves in pursuit of God?

It would seem a good place to start exercising humility is with our mouths. 1 John 3:18-19 says, “…let us not love with our words or tongue, but with action and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.” Proverbs 10:19 says, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” 

When we abandon the ability to justify ourselves with our words, we are forced to examine our actions rather than explain them. At that point, we can see our only worthy justification is Jesus Christ and a humble spirit is sure to follow.

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