Humble

Selfless

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“…[E]steem others better than himself” (verse 3), is the basic definition of true humility (Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 5:21; 1 peter 5:5).  Christ is the ultimate example of selfless humility (Matthew 11:29; John 13:12-17).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Philippians 2:3,5.

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Incorruptible beauty

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Here is a beauty that never decays, as the outward body does.  “Gentle” is actually “meek or humble” and “quiet” describes the character of her (a wife’s) action and reaction to her husband and life in general.  Such is precious not only to her husband,  but also to God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Peter 3:4.

Laying aside of pride

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This final command found at James 4:10 sums up the preceding nine commands, which mark the truly humble person.  “Humble” comes from the word meaning “to make oneself low.”  Those conscious of being in the presence of the majestic, infinitely holy God are humble (Isaiah 6:5).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 4:10.

Preparedness

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What makes an effective servant of Christ is not natural abilities, creativity, or human initiative, but total dependence on Him for both direction and adequacy.  God uses those who are weak, humble, submissive, and obedient so that He alone gets the glory.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 1, 2018.

Adorned

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Every day we are recipients of one blessing after another.  Every morning we see new mercies and rediscover God’s great faithfulness.  David Jeremiah’s Pathways Devotional, November 11.

“For these blessings we owe Almighty God, from whom we derive them, and with profound reverence, our most grateful and unceasing acknowledgements.”  James Monroe

 

Will the Real Exalted Please Stand Up

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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:

…because everyone who exalts

himself will be humbled,

but the one who humbles himself

will be exalted.

Luke 18:14b

Obedience to Christ always involves a change of attitude.  When we are converted, a battle begins inside us as Satan tries to keep us from changing.  I am all too familiar with this part of the journey.  Our attitudes powerfully influence our behavior.  Which of your attitudes would Jesus highlight as needing change?  If you’re having trouble doing right in an area of your life, perhaps you need a change of attitude.

Portions of commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament.

Treasure

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The first battle between faith and reason took place in the Garden of Eden.  Spurred on by the serpent’s lies, Eve began to look at her situation from a purely logical perspective and decided that God was cheating her out of something good.  Her faith faltered as “reasonable” thoughts of self-interest filled her mind (Gen. 3:4-6).

I am not saying that the way of faith is never logical, but if we operate only on the basis of reason, a conflict with the Lord is inevitable.  That is because His instructions and actions don’t always appear reasonable from a human perspective.  Although Isaiah 55:8-9 describes God’s thoughts and ways as higher than man’s, some people believe they know better than He does.

Paul emphasizes this by pointing out that God’s choices can come across as illogical by the world’s standards-His message of salvation seems foolish, and His messengers appear weak and unimpressive (1 Corin. 1:20-21).  In an age that thrives on recognition, admiration, and importance, a person who believes the Bible is considered a weakling in need of a religious crutch to cope with life.  But God’s Word explains the paradox:  Recognizing their helplessness, believers lean on Christ so He can raise them to stand with Him in righteousness.

That day in Eden, sin and self-importance entered the human heart.  But all the worldly wisdom that fuels our pride is nullified by God.  He is looking not for great and impressive people but for weak, humble servants who can boast only in Christ.  The Savior alone is their strength and wisdom.

That is a believer’s great treasure.

 

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, December 3, 2016.