Humility

The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.

– Andrew Murray

 

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

–  Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

 

They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

–  Titus 3:2 (NLT)

 

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

–  James 3:13 (NLT)

 

…Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.

– Luke 9:48 (NLT)

 

Photo by Andy Stewart

Gentle & Humble

 

“Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart…” Matthew 11:29

 

Gentle and Humble

This is His heart.

 

I read it, but I can’t grasp it.

 

The words bring a calmness to my thoughts

bring a warmth to my spirit.

 

Two little words

make an impact

in a loud and quiet way.

 

I ponder.

 

But…

 

Is this even possible?

God is humble?

 

He is gentle and humble to His very depths,

in His heart?

 

I ask Him how this can be?

Teach me, Lord, because I can’t wrap my brain around this.

 

And He leads me to make a list.

 

WHAT HUMILITY IS NOT:

~Arrogant

~Pushy

~Obnoxious

~Controlling

 

Humility is the absence of those things.

 

You, Jesus, gave of your time to people

who were less than lovely

who had no prestige

who reeked of sickness and disease

who were unappreciative

who just didn’t get it.

 

You gave of Yourself until You were spent completely and humbly,

absolutely nothing more more to sacrifice…

 

And when I’m yoked to You in life,

attached to You intimately,

I sense that You are leading

and carrying the brunt of the weight

and that you challenge me and confront me

but it is done lovingly

not with arrogance

or obnoxiousness

 

But with the heart of the One

who washed dirty feet unexpected

and stood up for a prostitute’s dignity

and loved to be with children

and is a Shepherd to all of us lambs

 

And I know that I am in the presence of true humility and gentleness

because I don’t feel

the condemnation

the squinted eyes of judgment

the snide and sarcastic remarks

the heavy hand of false self-righteousness

the stab of hurtful words

 

I feel that You, Jesus,

want to lead me in paths of righteousness

by streams of cool water

to the Rock

to truth and wisdom

to be humble and gentle….

 

Because that is what You are.

– Susie Stewart

 

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” Matthew 11:28-30

 

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Run

As I was running this morning…..  Never thought I’d hear myself say that in this lifetime.  I decided to take up running a few months after chemo ended.  My family didn’t believe I would actually do it.  But I am.  The beautiful, serene, early mornings have been soothing to the soul, not so much the lungs.  But I’m thankful to be able to get out there!

So, as I was running this morning I was thanking God for some of His limitless attributes.  “I’m thankful (huff, huff) for your faithfulness.  I’m thankful for your love.  I’m thankful for your goodness.  I’m thankful for your gentleness and kindness…”  Pause.  Deep sigh.  It seems that whenever I contemplate God’s gentleness and kindness, I sigh.  Truly, how wonderful is our God that loves us with a gentle and kind Spirit?  You can’t get any more well-rounded in character than God, so these attributes mesh with His justice and even His holy wrath.  Thankfully, God Almighty’s love extended to us through His Son Jesus.  God the Son, perfect and righteous, satisfies the holiness of God.  And guess what He told us when He was here on earth?  “…I am gentle and humble in heart…”  Sigh.

Jesus relieves the stress between God and humans.  Jesus brings relief to our spirits.  Soak in that relief if you are a follower of Him.

Sigh because your Savior is gentle and kind.

I love you, Jesus.  Thank you.

– Susie Stewart

(Matthew 11:28-30)