The importance of humility.

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We did a wonderful study yesterday on the importance of humility in God’s eyes.  In a world where people seek position and prominence for their names. As true servants of god, Jesus told us that we should conduct ourselves as a lesser one, for only in this way can we become truly great in god’s eyes.

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(Luke 9:46-48) Then a reasoning entered among them as to who would be the greatest of them. 47 Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a young child, set it beside him 48 and said to them: “Whoever receives this young child on the basis of my name receives me [too], and whoever receives me receives him [also] that sent me forth. For he that conducts himself as a lesser one among all of YOU is the one that is great.”

The Greek word translated “lesser one” means someone who is modest, humble, lowly etc…..

Not taking this to the extreme as some do, having no self esteem of confidence feeling that nothing they do is right, we must develop the correct attitude as Jesus encouraged all his disciples.

When we think of the power Jesus had when he came to earth and what he cold have accomplished  had he decided to strike out on his own, he is a perfect example of one who conducted himself as lesser one.

In the first instance he was willing to come to earth as a lowly human quite a step down from sitting at God’s right hand in a powerful spirit body.  

When on earth he never took praise or glory for himself always remembering that the power he had been given was a blessing from his father and to be used only for the purpose of bringing praise to god’s name.

(Luke 22:42) 42 saying: “Father, if you wish, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, let, not my will, but yours take place.”

(John 5:19) 19 Therefore, in answer, Jesus went on to say to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, The Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he beholds the Father doing. For whatever things that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

How can we learn from this example and show humility in our day to day lives.  The first area is within our homes.  We require obedience from our children as we know what we teach them is for their own benefit.  In like manner we need to remember that our father is God in heaven, we are his children and need to apply the council from his written word the bible in order to be good parents.

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(Romans 14:19) So, then, let us pursue the things making for peace and the things that are upbuilding to one another.

God tells us through the apostle Paul to pursue peace, when we think of the word pursue we think of action, yes we must actively try to be peaceful people this starts within our home and with our children and marriage partner.  Do we resort to shouting and screaming and insulting when things are not done our way or our children fail to listen or do we remember that we all make mistakes and that god humbles himself daily to teach us in a loving manner. 

When our children see our behavior they learn, and yes it takes a lot longer to learn the good behavior as sin is so deeply ingrained in us our tendencies are bad, but God will bless our efforts, and through our own example of humility our children will learn to be humble.

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(Psalm 131:1-3) O Jehovah, my heart has not been haughty, Nor have my eyes been lofty; Nor have I walked in things too great, Nor in things too wonderful for me.

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