Ladies, how about we get real for a minute? It is hard to show humility in stressful situations. Situations where you feel threatened with your back up against a wall. You want to defend yourself, your position, or opinion just as aggressively, if not more passionately. What would it take to back down or humbly walk away?
We live in a society today that is quick to give an opinion or someone ‘a piece of their mind.’ A society where everyone wants to be right, has something to say, and it does not matter who they hurt in the process.
The truth is we should all be pursuing humility. So, lets seek ways to be humble by clothing ourselves in humility.
Let us take a look at one of apostle Paul’s character traits. One of the reasons he was such a successful ambassador for Christ was because he was humble. He knew when to choose humility over self. Paul allowed humility to reign in his life. His goal was to make Jesus known.
Can you imagine the enormous amount of guilt he felt about persecuting all of the believers before his conversion? He was a scholar in the beginning and believed what he was doing was right. It was not right according to Jesus. What a humbling experience. What a lesson in forgiveness firsthand. He knew what it was like to have an enormous weight lifted and to receive ultimate forgiveness. Therefore, he knew he had to be quick to walk in humility and forgive others. This did not mean he wasn’t bold! We all know he was bold for the cause of Christ!
You can be bold in your Christ walk and still be humble. Humility is not just what you say, but also how you carry yourself.
“…Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” I Peter 3:8 NLT
By being humble he allowed the love of God to empower him and have positive results in his life.
“If I must boast, I would rather boast about things that show how weak I am.” II Corinthians 11:30 NLT
Next time you want to step outside of the box of humility remember Paul’s conversion. Perform a self check:
- Did I say that in love?
- Could I have said it differently?
- Should I just keep my mouth closed?
- What was my attitude like?
This list has prevented me from saying things I regret , hurting someone else, or from having major repenting sessions with Jesus. Sometimes, your best defense is to not ‘receive’ an offense. Simply, do not say anything. If you do end up saying something- wait a while until you can say it in love.
Yes! Sometimes, you will slip, but you can always repent, be forgiven, or be the forgiver!
Remember, Paul lived a life full of empowering love. One of the reasons his ministry flourished was because of his humility. Ultimately, when you start putting humility into practice your life will flourish as well. Remember, your life and how you live it is ministry.
“…And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” I Peter 5:5 NLT
Love is Always the ANSWER!!