Dictionary.com defines humility as
- True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Proverbs 22:4 (NLT)
- Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
- Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. Proverbs 18:12 (NLT)
- If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 (NLT)
Often, when bad things in life come our way, we tend to live in humiliation rather than in humility. A close synonym for humiliation is shame. We live in shame, punishing ourselves, rather than allowing ourselves to give it over to the Lord. This is not what God wants. He desires humility, not humiliation. Meekness, not shame. Modesty, not degradation.
I cannot emphasize enough that humility is a process. It will not happen in an instant...but, in an instant, our lives can certainly be transformed from a life marked by pride and selfishness to one that begins to gravitate toward living how Jesus lived.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:3-8 (NIV)
Don't set a goal of becoming more humble. It won't happen. Instead, try to live your life in such a way that others can see God at work in and through you.
Brokenness leads to humility, and humility leads to riches, honor, and life (Prov. 22:4). Who doesn't want that trade-off?