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Dark side of humility

Scripture commands us to be humble but that doesn’t mean everyone is doing it properly. Let’s see how we’re hurting ourselves spiritually by misunderstanding what God intended.

Humility brings wisdom and honor (Proverbs 11:2; 18:12). It’s the foundation of all Christianity. Righteousness can’t occur without it. But how is humility being manifested in the lives of Christians?

To the world the concept denotes cowering weakness and slavishness.  A dictionary definition explains that it’s “A low view of one’s importance.” To most that is the antithesis of leadership and self-esteem.

While this concept of humility is foreign to the Biblical view, it resonates with humanity. Slipping in unawares, far too many Christians have allowed these ideas to corrupt their minds.

We know God is great (Psalm 139:7-12), we’re weak sinners (Romans 3:23) and that we should put the needs of others above our own (Philippians 2:3).

Nevertheless, a Christian who serves God for decades, doing all they can to utilize their abilities for the Lord, seriously doubts their home in heaven. Another questions their ability to teach or assist in doing so and another fails to serve because they don’t have anything to offer.

Using the excuse of humility, we hide in the corner confident in our uselessness.

Humility should never be construed as being weak or pitiful. Instead, we should see it in terms of a tamed horse that allows itself to be ridden and led about while retaining all of its power and majesty.

Humility means that we lower our ego and glorify our Savior (Ephesians 3:20-21). We stand strong and proud knowing we’re made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Christ was humble but he was very strong and confident.

Christians know the power of God is behind them (Psalm 46:1; 62:7-8). We have no reason to be fearful before men because nothing can defeat God (Romans 8:31-39; Isaiah 35:4; Job 42:2).

Learning the teachings of Scripture, we understand the world and we don’t need bragging or pride. We have nothing to fear so we can be calm and at peace.

When Peter and the rest of the apostles spread the gospel under the perpetual threat of death they exhibited Biblical humility and shunned man’s pathetic version (Acts 5:22-32).

We can be confident in our eternal home because God is faithful and we’re walking in him (Titus 1:2; John 14:1-6). Righteousness requires internal strength and resolve. God needs strong, confident men and women of God standing up for right instead of hiding under their beds.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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