: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people : the quality or state of being humble
Humility is the quality of being humble. If you meet one of your heroes and feel nervous and in awe for her, you are experiencing humility.
Humility comes from the Latin word humilis, which literally means low. If you feel humility in front of someone, you feel small in the scheme of things — that you are just a simple, insignificant person. Someone who spends his life taking care of others shows humility. Although it’s related to humiliation (which makes you feel low in a bad way), humility is usually used to talk about a lack of ego.
Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 22:4 (NIV)
4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life.
James 3:13 (NIV)
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
1 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
Paul’s humility: 2 Corinthians 12: 5-12
He had good reason to boast about his “success” as a man of God, yet he tells us that he will not boast about himself (though he has good reason to) and will only boast about what the Lord has done. (Absolute humility?)
How do you demonstrate humility?
How do you not demonstrate humility? Proverbs 12:15, 2 Cor 10:12 & 18, Luke 6:41, Jeremiah 2:35
Is there a false humility? Colossians 2:18