Whatever is TRUE
Meeting with Melody this morning was again such a delight. We are studying the humility of Christ, and she talked about defining humility as simply telling the truth about who you are, who others are, and who God is. Woe.
We talked about what it means to DO or LIVE OUT humility. I always thought it was something that God had to do for me, and I never want to ask God for it, in case it means Pain (being honest). When I’m convicted that I am a prideful woman, I often respond by denying people when they compliment me. If someone says, “Great job,” I say, “No it wasn’t.” That doesn’t really sound like Jesus though.
Most of the verses said, “Humble yourself,” but how do I humble myself? I’ll keep reporting on what we find. So far, it looks like denying self to find satisfaction in the LORD. It looks like acknowledging God. It looks confident. Christ in the desert overcame temptation by being humble enough to find His satisfaction and nourishment in the Father, to trust God enough to not test Him, and to worship God and serve Him only.
What impacted me most was reading 1 Peter 5:5-6. It says to clothe yourself in humility in regard to one another and to “humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” How do I do humble? I should consider myself far from humility when I worry. Who am I to think I can do anything but cast my cares on the Father and trust Him because He cares for me and has grand perspective? Humility is not a straight path to embarrassment. Humility is rest. Humility is Christ’s light yoke. Humility is bringing your heavy heart to a caring Father and finding rest. Pray we can live that out this week.
When I posted about old friends the other day, I was a little raw. I even had to go back and change some words later because I posted too soon. If you read the earlier version, please forgive me for any offense I gave in spilling my guts. Even if something is true, it doesn’t mean I have to say it. I struggle with that one, BIG time. I asked God why I felt so bad about writing what I had, and Phil 4:8 came to mind — whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise, dwell on these things. I want that verse to be a litmus test for what I say and write. Pray for that one, too.