HUMBLE: HOW DOES THAT LOOK?

Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

What does it mean to walk humbly? Does it mean that everyone else is right and you are wrong?  That you should back away from all conflict? No!!!

I used to think that by allowing everyone else to be right and just backing down, I was being humble. I was WRONG.

I LEARNED FROM A FEW VERY BAD EXPERIENCES THAT BEING A DOORMAT IS NOT GOD’S WILL.

Then of course I went TOO far the other direction, I had to be always right. I had to stand up for myself no matter what.

Finding the balance, the place where you are not allowing people to take advantage of you and the place where you aren’t alienating everyone by being demanding.

It takes listening to the Holy Spirit and allowing God to show you when it is important to step up and when it is okay to just let it go.  I find frequently praying helps.

A time when I will step up: if someone is clearly misrepresenting the Bible. It would be a bigger sin to allow someone to be misled.

What being humble really means is I acknowledge everything I do is through Christ.

Not my wisdom, but God’s.

Not because I am strong, but God gives me strength.

Not because I make enough money, but God provides.

Returning everything back to God does not mean that I don’t get any credit.  It is okay to say thank you when someone compliments you.

A bit of pride is okay, it feeds ambition. Ambition drives us to do more for God’s Kingdom.

The difference between feeling proud of an accomplishment and sounding our own horn is when we are proud of what we do but keep it to ourselves remembering that it was because of our God-given talents; we are still being humble. If we go around tooting our own horn we are expecting praise and this is pride.

If we receive praise say thanks, under the right circumstances we brag and say I was able to do it because God gave me the talent. I just took the talent he gave and used it.

 

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