December 2019, Vol. 38, No. 12

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What Does Humility Look Like?

posted on December 11, 2019

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If you were to encounter a truly humble person (at work, school, on the street, etc.), what would they look like? 

C.S. Le wis wrote, “Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him” (Mere Christianity, p.128).

So, according to Lewis, the humble person is identified most of all by (1) being happy and (2) being interested in other people. Saying the same thing in different words: “If you met a truly humble person, you wouldn’t think him/her humble, but happy and incredibly interested in you.”

What does Scripture say?

• “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all” (Phil. 2:17).

• “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Col. 3:12).

• “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3).

Would your neighbors describe you as humble? Maybe not. But if they would remember you to be full of joy and always interested in them, that would be great indeed. Such is a life of which the Lord would be proud.

Bart Warren
South Green Street Church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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