5. Humility is honest.
Real humility requires honesty. It doesn’t deny what God values. Humility can be faked externally, but true humility is never false. It never makes ourselves, or others, greater or less than we are.
Romans 12:3 tells us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to, but to think of ourselves with sober judgment. A sober mind sees things rightly, which is as God sees. This holds value in its proper place; it is never devalued or overvalued.
We don’t prop ourselves, or others, up. Nor does a humble person tear herself down.
False humility means not owning who you are in an effort to appear humble. This may include denying the existence of God-given gifts, desires, thoughts, and needs. By denying these things, we undermine the beauty of something God values.
Humility doesn’t say, “Look at how bad I am,” any more than it says, “Look at how good I am.” It points to the Father and His goodness. It rests in who I am because of the great I AM.
True humility needs God desperately and trusts Him implicitly. I still don’t know how to live humility well, but I know it requires a whole lot of Jesus’ greatness over anything I could muster. The more I come to know Him and how much I need Him, the more freedom I experience. In this place, I’m equipped to live out of an overflow of His goodness for me, to others around me.
Jolene Underwood is a writer, coach, and emotional health warrior. She writes from a place of compassion for wounded Christians, encouraging and equipping them in a life of spiritual growth and emotional health. She draws upon her personal experiences, her psychology background, and a passion for Christian counseling to help others cultivate a life well-lived no matter the circumstance. Jolene writes regularly at JoleneUnderwood.com. She also leads a community of writers called Rise Up Writers. Her tool, Unleash : Heart and Soul Care Sheets, has helped hundreds experience greater freedom. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her enjoying the journey by laughing with loved ones or adding to her collection of vintage glassware with a 70s flair. Connect with her online via YouTube, Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest at @theJoleneU, or via the Cultivated Life Newsletter.
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