As Christians, we humble ourselves and submit to the Almighty God. By submitting to His authority and following His commandments, we receive grace to overcome temptation, strength to endure trouble, and power to resist the devil and make him flee. Being humble doesn’t come natural to us and it isn’t always easy, but it is required to live a life that is holy and pleasing to the Lord. Listed below are 13 behaviors of the humble, and if we’re not practicing them, we can start today.
1. Submit to the authority of God. Submit to God and Follow His commandments.
2. Submit to your leaders. Submit to your Christian leaders and to those in a position of authority as long as it doesn’t violate the commandments of God to cause you to sin. Do this even if it isn’t the best leadership. This is the order of God.
3. Confess your sins on a regular basis. Don’t try to hide them. The longer we wait to confess them, the more they eat away at us and the further they push us away from God. Admit any wrongs to God and to others. The Lord still offers grace and forgiveness.
4. Be patient when you are wronged. Let Jesus be an example. As He hung on the cross, He didn’t threaten or fight back, but instead He prayed for those who were putting Him to death. Let’s face it. Everyone will not be kind to us. Handle things gracefully and with tact, so that no evil can be spoken of you, or of God.
5. Be open to receive correction. God corrects those that He loves. If He is correcting us then He loves us. Don’t be offended or discouraged by it. Pray about it and focus on making changes if needed. Remember, we are being trained to be more like Christ.
6. Volunteer for the lower position. We don’t always need to be first and we don’t always need to put ourselves on top. God exalts the humble. Let Him be the one to elevate you.
7. Don’t look down on others. God is no respecter of persons and neither should we show favor to anyone based on who they are or what they have. The Lord loves and is concerned about everyone regardless of financial or social status. Don’t only hang out with those who are in the same, or in a higher class than you, but also make a conscious effort to associate and befriend those who are considered to be of a lower status than you – especially those that are of the household of faith, as we are all members of ONE body. Don’t do it out of necessity — Do it out of love and be genuine.
8. Take time to serve others. Look for opportunities to serve and help where needed. After all, Jesus Himself didn’t come to be served, but to serve others.
9. Don’t hold on to wrongs. Do not repay evil for evil. Look past personal feelings and focus on what God’s word says. No, they don’t deserve forgiveness, but neither do we. Still, God forgave us anyway. So, just forgive. When we learn to push past ourselves, it’s easier than you think. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you let it go. With consistent practice it becomes much easier.
10. Always be grateful. Reflect often on what God has done for you. What good thing has He done for you that you didn’t deserve? What has He given you that you didn’t earn? A thankful and grateful heart is the cure for pride.
11. Don’t pat your own self on the back. Don’t toot your own horn. Nobody likes a compulsive bragger. Let others praise your accomplishments.
12. Treat Pride as an illness or a disease. Don’t let pride take root in your heart. Do whatever it takes to keep it out of your system. Die to self daily by following steps 1-11.
13. If you boast, let your boasting be in the Lord. In all your accomplishments and in all the praise received from man – be sure to give God ALL the Glory! He alone deserves it.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
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