The Joy of Humility
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The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4 (ESV)
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3 (ESV)
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, Philippians 1:29 (ESV)
When there is disunity the message and mission of the local church suffers.
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,Philippians 2:1-6 (ESV)
Philippians 2:6-11 is a 1st Century Christian Hymn.
- Jesus’ Person and Work (2:6-8)
- God the Father’s Response (2:9-11)
…but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7 (ESV)
Jesus set aside?
- His heavenly glory
- His independent authority
- His divine prerogatives
- His eternal riches
- His favorable relationship with God
Jesus became the God-Man: fully God, fully man.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)
How Do We Grow in Humility?
- Take the humility test
- Think like Christ
- Bow the Knee
BIG IDEA: If we want unity, we have to live humility!