KEY SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 15:33 ” The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility”.
I will want us to take another topic from the scriptures and study about it. This time we will look at HUMILITY.
Once again you would need your bible, a concordance, a bible dictionary, your pen and note book. The Bible dictionary (strong dictionary) defines humility as meekness or condescension. The Oxford learner’s dictionary defines humility as a lack of pride.
We would consider various scriptures that talk about humility. The first to look at is our key scripture
Proverbs 15:33. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. This verse shows one of the benefits as well as the functions of humility. Humility always precedes honour. Anytime a man acts sincerely in humility, honour and promotion is the next event in his life.
Proverbs 22:4 says, “by humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour and life” In this instant we see humility coupled with the fear of the Lord. There can be no fear of God without humility and there can’t be humility without the fear of God. The bible said these give birth to riches, honour and life. All these benefits are the provisions from the Spirit of God and not any man. God is in love with the humble . .
Col 2:18, speaks about a voluntary humility. This is an act of the flesh to satisfy the mind. True humility always proceeds from the fear of God. It is a desire in the heart to please God at all instances. This gives us a working definition of humility. A humble man or woman is the one who has resolved in his heart to always do that which pleases God no matter the cost or the reaction of men. This implies the disposition of a man does not in any way show whether he is humble or not. .A man may look very calm and of few words , yet very proud. It is the condition of the heart towards God and His word that shows whether a man is humble or not.
Heavenly Father I submit my will to honour you in all that your word may say.
1 Peter 5:5 ” Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble”.
James 4:6 ” But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble”.