The Romans Reflection: Living In Humility

3rd January

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!”

Romans 12:16

What is humility? Is it always thinking of yourself as less than others? Or is it always thinking of others more than yourself? Well, it is definitely not the first answer. The first answer implies that we are less than others, which is contrary to what God says about equality. It implies that we should put ourselves down, under the pretence that we are not on the same level as others. This is false humility. We, as children of God, are blessed beyond measure, loved outrageously and highly favoured by the Creator of the world. BUT….

Humility is thinking of others more than yourself. Humility, exemplified by Jesus, is being able to put others needs before your own. It is not being too proud to socialise with those less ‘popular’. It is showing impartiality to all; the sick, the poor, the rich, the well, the marginalised and less liked, and the snobby and arrogant. Jesus, our perfect example did exactly this. He, being the King of Kings, humbly gave up His rights and privileges as the Son of God, and made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a slave, not for His own glory but for the joy of us knowing Him.

Jesus spent His time, thinking of others more than Himself. He showed humility through His words, His actions and His ultimate sacrifice for us. He is our example so let us follow Him. Let us live to put others needs before our own, not because we are less than others but because we want to lift others up before ourselves.

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