Humility and Repentance

The Bible speaks often about humility. Humility can be defined as a modest view of one’s own importance. Humility is the opposite of pride. Pride is a serious offense to God. In fact, the Bible says that God will resist you if you have an issue with pride. James 4:6-7 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We all need the grace of God! Luke 14:11 says that if we try to exalt ourselves, we will be humbled. If we humble ourselves, we will be exalted.

Humility helps us treat others well. Ephesians 4:2 says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This is a formula for successful friendships. As we sow humility, patience, and gentleness, we can expect to reap a harvest of good relationships.

When we walk in humility, our ways are pleasing to God. Micah 6:8 tells us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Humility will cause God to move on our behalf. He will grant us His favor and exalt us in due season because He can trust us.

What can we do if we have not lived a humble life? We can change that in an instant. Repentance is key. Repentance means that we recognize our sin, ask for forgiveness, and purpose to turn the other direction.  When we realize that that we have not lived in a way that is pleasing to God, we can go boldly to the throne of grace. He will always receive us when we come to Him. As we repent before the Lord, He will forgive us and remove our sin as far as the east is from the west.

It is important to walk in this new freedom and purpose to live in humility. If we do, the promises of God will carry us into a new season of favor, wisdom, and help from God.

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