There is perhaps nothing more powerful than a humble heart. Humility, the most misunderstood of all virtues, is the ability to accept and acknowledge God’s opinion and perspective in our lives. This is where the power lies. The moment I accept and embrace God’s perspective, I share in his strength and am able to flow in his plan. This level of empowerment is often missed in our traditional understanding of humility. Typically, when defining humility, most would only associate it with being lowly in spirit, but this is incomplete. True humility, simply put, is being sensitive to God’s perspective in our lives. This definition allows variety in our personality while keeping the emphasis on embracing God’s perspective. Regarding this level of empowerment, Psalm 149:4 states, “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” The surest way to victory is to embrace God’s perspective and that is that he “takes delight in his people”. When we know God’s love for us, we are empowered to be truly humble.
In this, when I know that I am loved, it becomes quite easy for me to admit fault, acknowledge weakness, and seek forgiveness from those around me. This kind of humility seems may seem counterintuitive to our minds, but only in reaching this level of security in God’s love for us, can we ever really be free to be ourselves. To admit fault, seems like such weakness, but in reality, it brings power. In fact, humbling yourself to those around you, confessing your weaknesses, in actuality is the greatest sign of God’s power and personal confidence working in your life. A truly great person, one who is fully established in who they are in Christ, should have no complaint in admitting their shortcomings, for regardless of their weaknesses; they know their position in Christ. Additionally, they know Paul’s confession in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “for when I am weak, then I am strong”. Like Paul, when we walk in true humility, we gain access to the power of God and begin the road to abundant victory in every area of our lives.
Only a person insecure in their faith, unsure of how God feels about them, would struggle to demonstrate or show weakness. This ignorance and insecurity causes them to overinflate their abilities, refuse to see their flaws, and make the false assumption that they are always right. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, they desperately try to cover their shame with anything they can find. Their self-worth is so low, that acknowledging one more fault, in their mind jeopardizes their personal value more than they are able to bear. Therefore they stand firm in their positions and behavior, refusing to acknowledge that they are the ones to blame. In actuality, all of us make mistakes, even the most spiritual of people. In every situation and conflict, we all play a part. Resolution comes by acknowledging this. The sooner we acknowledge our weakness to those around us, the quicker we will begin to overcome our relational conflict. Breakthrough is as close as our willingness to acknowledge our humanness. (Please note, in Christ, we are complete in our spirit man. In our spirit, we are righteous, holy, and perfected forever. But in our minds and flesh, we are still being renewed day by day; none of us have fully arrived. To only take the perspective of the spirit, will cause you to ignore areas of your mind that are still in need of renewal. To only take the perspective of the mind, causes us to fail to notice our fullness in Christ. So as far as God is concerned, we are blameless through Christ, but as far as our brothers and sisters are concerned, we must acknowledge our faults.)
As we further strive to maintain a life defined by humility, below are a few questions to consider.
1.) When was the last time that I took even partial responsibility for another’s pain or an incident of relational conflict?
2.) How often do I ask those around me how my behavior patterns affect their lives? Would I be able to receive and deeply consider their answer if it was a negative response?
3.) If humility is embracing God’s perspective, what am I doing in my daily life in order to gain this perspective?
4.) Make a list of 10 behavior patterns that you display (i.e. running late all the time, have trouble listening) and how these patterns might affect those around you.
5.) Make a list of as many promises as you can think of regarding God’s perspective towards you.
6.) Return to these questions often.