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What the Bible Says About Humility

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Humility is one very important virtue every Christian should practice. It is one of the best ways to glorify God.

Humility: Definition

Humility is the act of being humble. It is the opposite of being full of pride and exalting one's self. Humility is recognizing God as the source of all you have and all you will ever be. You are inadequate to do anything on your own. It does not please God when you take the credit when the glory should go to Him.

When you tell others you did a good job doing something, you lack humility. When you say you did something better than everyone else, you lack humility. When you do not give God credit for what He has allowed you to have and what He has allowed you to do, you are letting your own EGO get in the way. In other words, you Ease God Out of your situation. When you do that, you set yourself up for a great fall.

“The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.” (Psalm 147:6)

Humility is a very important part of a person's spiritual life. True humility does not result in pride. Instead, it results in gratitude and glory that belongs to God.

Humility: A Good Way to Serve Others

Some people make the mistake of trying to impress others by telling them about their big houses, fancy cars, expensive jewels, and frequent travels. You might impress some of the people some of the time, but you will never impress God that way. Instead, you are doing the opposite of what you should be doing to please God and to serve others.

Jesus taught people not to rush for the best places at a feast. He taught us that we should be humble and not put ourselves above others.

"For everyone who tries to honor himself shall be humbled, and he who humbled himself shall be honored." (Luke 14:11,TLB)

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

Humility: Depending on God

One way to be humble is to depend on God and not on yourself. We must always believe that God's way is the best way and surely much better than our with our finite mind. We are in the right position to hear from God and to receive His blessings when we humbly obey and depend on Him

Humility keeps us depending on God instead of our own strengths, skills, and knowledge.

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:12)

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Humility: Opposite of Pride

God wants us to remove pride from our lives and be humble instead. Pride can destroy our lives because it keeps us from depending on God. People don't realize that they can impress others with their pride, but they will never impress God. In fact, pride causes God to keep His distance because He refuses to compete with pride under any circumstances. Pride actually cuts people off from God.

Pride is a distorted view of who a person really is. It gives the person a false view of what he really needs. Pride blinds people of their true selves. They act as though they can do no wrong. They also act as though they are at the top of every list without any help from God. Instead, they magnify the faults of others. Therefore, God leaves them alone until they come to the realization that they need God more than God needs them.

Jesus Christ: Model For Humility

Jesus was our model for being humble. Philippians 2:5-9 tells us exactly how humbled Jesus was.

“Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus: who emptied Himself; taking the form of a servant; and humbled Himself; becoming obedient even unto death. Wherefore God also highly exalted Him.”

Jesus was our ultimate example of humility. He demonstrated His character, and it was very noticeable in His life while He was here on earth. He humbled Himself all the way to the cross and on the cross.

Jesus was humble and not self-serving. Pride was not part of His life. He served others instead of wanting to be served. Jesus was humble Himself, and He taught His disciples about humility and being humble when they were arguing about who was the greatest.

As Christians, we should eliminate all pride from our lives and be humble like Jesus was. Just as Jesus demonstrated humility, we should do likewise.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 18, 2021:

Brenda, thank you for your kind words. I like your last statement: "Sometimes I get it right...but other times I fail because I am human."

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 17, 2021:

Great article on humility.

We should strive to be more like Jesus.

I always try to ask myself...

Before reacting to situations...

What would Jesus Do?

Sometimes I get it right...but other times I fail because I am human.

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