What does the Bible say about humility?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:11-12).

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5).

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6; James 4:10).

Humility is the opposite of a prideful heart. In God’s sight, the way up is down. John Ruskin said, “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility.”

Jesus, by His example, shows us the spirit of humility, selflessness, and service rendered to others (Acts 10:38). Philippians 2:5 encourages us to have the mind of Christ, and then gives a description of the humility of His heart. The Bible says about Jesus, “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:6-9).

“The pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

Life is a long lesson in humility. But when someone says, “I’ve got it just look how humble I am,” they just lost it.

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