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The Nature of Humility

What Culture Says About Humility:










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What Scripture Says About Humility:

Who are the speakers in each of the quotations?

Listen for the voice of humility.

What do you hear?


1.  Genesis 18:27 - Abraham answered, “Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.”

2.  Genesis 41:16 - Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favourable answer.”

3.  Exodus 3:11 - But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

4.  2 Samuel 7:19 - Then King David went in and set before the LORD, and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me dun far?”

5.  Job 7:17 - What is man, that thou dost make so much of him, and that thou dost set thy mind upon him?

6.  Psalms 9:3‑4 - When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him?

7.  Proverbs 30:3‑4 - I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One. Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!

8.  Daniel 2:30 - But as for me, not become of any wisdom that I have more than all the living has this mystery been revealed to me, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.

9.  Matthew 3:14 - John would have prevented him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

10.Matthew 8.8 - But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come wider my roof‑, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

11.Matthew 15:27 - She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table.”

12.Romans 7:19 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do It.

13.1 Corinthians 15‑9‑10 - For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I on what I am, and his grace toward me was not In vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though It was not I, but the grace of God which Is with rim

14.2 Corinthians 3:5 - Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence Is from God.

15.2 Corinthians 12:7 - And to being too elated by, the abundance of revelation, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, keep me from blame, to keep me from being too elated.

16.Ephesians 3:9 - To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

17.Philippians 3:12 - Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make It my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

18.Philippians 3:12‑13 - Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

19.1 Timothy 1:15‑16 - This saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus come into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners – but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ. might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.


What Anthony Bloom Says About Humility

Basically humility is the attitude of one who stands constantly under the judgement of God. It is the attitude of one who is him the soil. Humility comes from the Latin word humus, fertile ground. The fertile ground is there, unnoticed, taken for granted, always there to be trodden upon. It is silent, inconspicuous, dark and yet it is always ready to receive any seed, ready to give it substance and life. The more lowly, the more fruitful, because it becomes really fertile when it accepts all the refuse of the earth. It is so low that nothing can soil it, abase it, humiliate it; it has accepted the last place and cannot go any lower. In that position nothing can shatter the sours serenity, its pence and joy.              

From Living Prayer by Anthony Bloom


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The “Big Book” gives this Instruction: “Meditation and prayer are necessary in order to make amends. No amends should be made that are not preceded by prayer”.

Read this excerpt on prayer by Evelyn Underhill:

Prayer means turning to Reality, taking our part, however humble, tentative and half‑understood, in the continual conversation, the communion, of our spirits with the Eternal Spirit; the acknowledgement of our entire dependence, which is yet the partly free dependence of the child. For Prayer is really our whole life toward God. our longing for him, our “incurable Clod‑sickness,” as Barth calls it, our whole drive towards him. It is the humble correspondence of the human spirit with the Sum. of all Perfection, the Fountain of Life. No narrower definition than this is truly satisfactory, or covers all ground.

From the Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill.