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Humility is being Christlike

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:1-5

A very large part in the life of a Christian is humility. This is what the apostle Paul was declaring when he wrote to Christians at Philippi. The world will tell you to insist on your right. There will be those who will use people so that they can be successful. They will look at themselves highly superior compared to others. They will impose themselves to others for selfish gains. They will look at their faults and shortcomings in faint rather than in vivid color, assuming the worst in others while pretending to be better than most. But this is not so in the Kingdom of God. God’s admonition is for His followers to be “humble, thinking of others as better than” themselves. Being a Christian is not just a label you put on yourself. It is a lifestyle that you possess because of the salvation you received from Christ. As Paul said from the text, humility is having “the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” In the same chapter, Paul then described how Jesus showed what this attitude looked like (see Philippians 2:6-11). Humility then is Christlikeness. It is to recognize people’s worth by looking at them the way God loved them. Submit yourselves one to another having the kind of spirit that Christ commanded each one to have. Grace and humility are the attitudes that prove real faith. Not manifesting such Christian virtues will send a different message to this hurting world. Humility does not mean that you are thinking less of yourself instead it is having a life that is led by God submitting every area of one’s life to His leadership.


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