Oct 3, 2009

Invincible Humility

We all hear the term. We all know what it is. We can all spot a person who is not functioning in it. Yet none of us would consider ourselves and expert at humility. Why? Because it is uncommon in the human nature.
In order for humility to truly be understood it must be practiced because it is totally contrary to natural human thinking.

1. Humility is not weakness.
    It is controlled strength. The strongest man in the world is the one who can rule himself.
2. Humility is not a personality trait.
    It is a character trait. No personality finds humility easier to practice than others. Any personality will be improved by humility and degraded by pride.
3. Humility is not lack of identity.
    It is the identity of Christ within us, and flowing out of us!
4. Humility is not just the absence of pride.
    It is a quality of itself that must be applied! It is far from passive or neutral; it is active and must be put on in place of pride.

7 Indisputable Facts About the Invincibility of Humility:
1. It cannot be swayed by opinion because it does not fear opinion nor care about contempt.
2. Has no enemies - save for one and that one is already conquered.
3. Cannot die because it is impossible to kill a corpse.
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." -Galatians 2:20
4. Has nothing to fear because it has nothing to hide.
5. Has clear battle lines. Humility will never be found in Satan's camp and pride will never be found in God's.
6. Always has more grace available, while pride runs grace dry.
"Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for 'GOD RESISTS THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.'" – 1 Peter 5:5
7. Cannot be conquered - it has already conquered itself and won. The definition of conquer is to bring under, to subdue. I dare you to conquer that which is already conquered or to subdue that which has already subdued itself.

Humility wins in the end.

One last thought...humility is the root of every virtue.
It goes hand-in-hand with trust. Love must be mixed with humility so that it can be true love without hypocrisy, "esteeming others as better than itself".
Patience must have humility, because humility has no agenda and places no demands on others.
Servanthood MUST have humility to function. Humility makes itself the slave of all.
Forgiveness ALWAYS has humility involved because humility remembers where it came from and holds no one to a higher standard than itself.


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