Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Glance at Humility

Need a lesson in humility? Know someone who does? If you chose several people and excluded yourself, dare I say…you do need a lesson! So do I. The next few weeks we'll be searching scripture and finding practical ways to help us keep it classy i.e. humble.

Today, read through the following scriptures and let them sink deep into your heart. When I come back to blogging--yes, I'm taking another quick break to get ready for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Indianapolis next week-- these will be the verses we unpack and put a spiritual magnifying glass to.

Romans 12: 9-21 NKJV
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

And here it is in the NCV.

Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves. 11 Do not be lazy but work hard, serving the Lord with all your heart. 12 Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. 13 Share with God’s people who need help. Bring strangers in need into your homes.
14 Wish good for those who harm you; wish them well and do not curse them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. 16 Live in peace with each other. Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant. Do not think how smart you are.
17 If someone does wrong to you, do not pay him back by doing wrong to him. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. 18 Do your best to live in peace with everyone. 19 My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: “I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them,”says the Lord. 20 But you should do this:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him a drink.
Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head.” Proverbs 25:21–22
21 Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good.

It's too much to study at one time, so each Wednesday, we'll select a few verses at a time, give it life application, and then practice it for a week before tacking on another few verses. I hope you'll come along with me as we learn to go low and raise our God high.

You can go back, if you missed it and read How to Keep It Humble Part 1 from 2 weeks ago. 

See you back here Wednesday, September 25th.




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8 comments:

  1. Oh, I'll be waiting...:) Love it when you unpack stuff, Jess!

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  2. These verses speak to me. I often mumble, "I humble myself, God exalts me." Sadly, I need that reminder all to often! Looking forward to this series!

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  3. Okay, humility is one of those things I'm always scared to pray for...because then I'm worried God will do something to humble me. Haha! But humility does not equate with embarrassment...real humility is a beautiful thing. Something I'm excited to learn more about on your blog. :) Loved this part of the verses, especially: "Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves." I really want to learn to do that and to do it in a genuine way.

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  4. Awesome! Can't wait for this series, Jess!

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  5. Hmmmm. This is the second time this morning I've read two of these verses. Perhaps I need to study them a little more in depth!

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  6. One of these verses jumped off the blog page ... I'm tucking it into my heart and mulling it over ...

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  7. Great post, Jessica. It would do us all good to regularly practice something that helps us embrace a posture of humility. Pride is like a weed...if left unattended, it will keep growing and choke the godly fruit in our lives.

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  8. Love these verses. Several of these touched my heart.

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