Wednesday, July 18, 2007


The word "humility' derives from the Latin word for dirt, humas. This tells us something about the quality of lowliness inherent in humility for what could be lowlier than the ground beneath one’s feet?

Humility is the virtue by which we acknowledge our own limitations and imperfections knowing that God, our loving father, is the Creator and Author of all life. It allows us to freely submit ourselves to Him without pride and in willing service to others.

Here are just a few of the many Scriptural teachings on the beauty and importance of the virtue of humility:

Matthew 8:8 “The centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word and my servant will be healed.’”

Matthew 23:11-12 “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

James 4:6, 10 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble’. . (therefore) Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.”

One final verse to ponder is Luke 18:13² , which contains one of the most simple, heartfelt and humble statements of trust in the Lord,
“God, be merciful to me a sinner!”³

[1:a] Matthew 8:8
[1:b] Matthew 23:11-12
[1:c] James 4:6, 10
[2] Luke 18:13
[3] Patrick Madrid, author of 'Where is That in the Bible?

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