Humility is the key to receiving more of the grace of God. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). When the subject of humility is discussed very often people go to the extreme in thinking it means to devalue, deface, and to diminish oneself. Humility is not self hatred. Humility is neither thinking more highly of ourselves nor more lowly of ourselves (diminishing ourselves) than we ought to think (Romans 12:3). The Christian author C.S. Lewis has a great definition along these lines where he says, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.”
Humility is thinking and saying everything about ourselves that God’s Word says of us. Whatever He has said about us in the Word of God, we may boldly say of ourselves (Hebrews 13:5, 6). We are who God says we are. We have what God says we have. We can do what God says we can do.
Humility is not a put down but a balanced and sober acknowledgement of being one who is dependent upon God. It is true that with humility some have to come down in their thinking about themselves because they think too highly of themselves but there are others who need to come up in their thinking because they think too lowly of themselves. I realize pride is a problem with some people but my experience has been that most people think too lowly of themselves rather than too highly of themselves. What right do we have to belittle, diminish, or despise someone who:
God LOVES so deeply Romans 5:8.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God has HONORED so highly John 1:12.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
God VALUES so much 1 Peter 1:18, 19.
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
God has PROVIDED for so fully Romans 8:32.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
God has PLANNED for so carefully Ephesians 1:3-5, 9.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.”
God has ACCEPTED so graciously Ephesians 1:6.
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
God has an planned an ASSIGNMENT for Ephesians 2:10.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Humble yourself and say what God says about you. Even if you’ve sinned and made mistakes repent and ask God for forgiveness. Say what the Word says about it, that it is sin, admit you’ve done wrong, receive forgiveness and amend your ways. Fix it with God and anyone you may have sinned against as quickly as you can. Godly sorrow is appropriate (2 Corinthians 7:10) but self hatred is not. Don’t get into self hatred to try to pay for your forgiveness. Forgiveness is a grace too that we receive by faith.