The Power of Humility

In some ways, humility makes no sense. The Romans despised humility. For them it was not a quality to be esteemed but a weakness to be despised.

I’ve often said that everyone admires humility as long as it’s not them who is being humble.

While the Romans and others saw humility as weakness, God shows it to be filled with power.

What makes humility so powerful?

First, humility shows in whom you trust. Pride trusts in self, but humility trusts in God. T’his, of course, means that you are accessing God’s power instead of your own power. We all know that we need what God can accomplish in the place of what we can accomplish.

Humility sides with God and connects us with what God can do.

Second, God inclines Himself toward the humble. Notice this verse that is found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Simon Peter quoted from the Old Testament when he wrote these words: “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’ ” (1 Peter 5:5).

James shows the significance of this verse by quoting it as well: “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’ ” (James 4:6).

Both Peter and James knew the teaching of Holy Scripture: “Toward the scorners he is scornful but to the humble he gives favor” (Proverbs 3:34).

Third, humility is powerful because of the favor of God. God gives grace to the humble. Jesus made this so very clear: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).

Humility points us in God’s direction and opens the door to His favor.

Finally, humility is powerful because God is powerful. Humility pleases God and moves us toward His ways and His will.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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