Tips for Cultivating Humility in your Life

Christian parents teach their kids the importance and value of humility at an early age. Innocent children are humble, by nature. Yet, conscious parents realize, humility, if not nurtured, is lost. If the teachings didn’t stick with you or your parents were non-Christian, it’s up to you to cultivate humility.

For example, in church, when we bow our heads and pray, we are demonstrating humility before God the Father. Humble is Jesus washing dust from his disciple’s feet. Humble listens to what others say. Humble is apologetic when appropriate. Humble puts God and other people before self.

 

Think Fast – (Excluding Jesus) Whose life story is a compelling tribute to humility?

There is no right or wrong answer. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Great heroes are humble.” However, we are spotlighting Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who will go down in the annals of time, as a national treasure.

She believed humility the “mother of all virtues”. Here are five of 15 points from Mother Teresa’s “Humility List”:

• Do not seek to be admired and loved.

• Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.

• Speak as little as possible about yourself.

• Do not dwell on the faults of others.

• Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.

 

What Does the Bible Say?

In 2 Corinthians 11:30, Paul evidenced humility. “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

David says in Psalm 25:8-9, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2

Numbers 12:3, speaks to the humility of Moses, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all men which were upon the face of the earth.”

Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

Unless we are humble, we won’t get into Heaven. Isn’t this a most compelling reason to cultivate humility?

Matthew 23:12 advises, And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

 

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Matthew 18:4 – Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

These verses validate the importance of maintaining our childhood persona of humility. For when we are humble, we admit mistakes, seek advice and try again.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up. – James 4:10

Another of God’s promises. If you humble yourself before God, he will lift you up beyond materiality to a world only you can see.

“It is not I, but the Father within that does the works,” said by Jesus, John 14:10

 

Final Words

Humility opens a clear channel, permitting God’s perfect love and Divine Wisdom to flow through us.

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