A. Murray, Humility, Chapter 6
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God Created us to show & share His goodness
Pride interferes w/ the blessings God wants to give us & empower us to give to others
Pride comes from the devil, entered the world at the fall
We must be restored to full humility to regain the connection to the full blessedness God offers
Jesus is the source of restored humility, we get it from and through Him.
Jesus is the model of that fruitful humility; he was perfectly yielded to the Father & the Spirit
We therefore need to prayerfully study Jesus’ life & strive to follow His examples.
We also looked at Jesus’ teachings & saw that:
Humility brings blessing/effectiveness
Humility is manifested in meekness before God & service to others
We also learned from the lives & teachings of Jesus’ disciples that:
We can’t defeat pride on our own
The Holy Spirit will give us what we lack
We need to engage in serious prayer to get those things from the Holy Spirit
Our humility—our malleability before God—is best measured/displayed by how we interact with others
our love to God will be measured by our everyday intercourse with men and the love it displays
humility towards men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real
Humility before God is nothing if not proved in humility before men.
What does that look like, what does it involve?
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Murray cites several scriptures to describe that humility:
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Live together in peace with each other. Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant. Do not think how smart you are.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful
make it your habit to serve one another.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Place yourselves under each other’s authority out of respect for Christ.
3 Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, 4 everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others. 5 Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped.7 But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…
2 As the chosen of God, then, the holy people whom he loves, you are to be clothed in heartfelt compassion, in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience.13 Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.
What do the highlighted phrases tell us about what is involved in true, human-to-human, humility?
A. Murray, Humility, Chapter 5,
The humble man seeks at all times to act up to the rule, "In honor preferring one another; Servants one of another; Each counting others better than himself Subjecting yourselves one to another."
divine humility--the nothingness that makes room for God to prove His power.
humility which counts itself nothing, which rejoices in becoming and being counted the least, and only seeks, like Jesus, to be the servant, the helper and comforter of others, even the lowest and unworthiest.
Two of Jesus parables also address that. Let’s dig into them & see what they say.
31 'When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. 32 All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. 33 He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. Humility resulted in exaltation 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, 36 lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Acts of humility in that they required the persons doing them to deviate from their normal plans/role to help others
Subordination of self to deliver God’s goodness=humility
37 Then the upright will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?" 40 And the King will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Humility towards man =humility towards God
…Jesus said, 'A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. 31 Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side.
Folks of high status, with important roles to play in executing God’s plan for delivering His goodness
Their preoccupation w/ those roles and lack of openness to the other means of service God placed before them—the opposite of humility—resulted in their being less effective than they could have been
Still effective, but not as effective as they could have been
And receiving less reward than they could have
33 But a Samaritan traveler who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him. 34 He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him. 35 Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have."
Low status, but his openness to delivering God’s mercy—the essence of humility—made him highly effective
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbor to the man who fell into the bandits' hands?'
37 He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.'
Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.' Jesus ratifies—exalts—the the humble person
Summary of Chapter 6
Humility towards God requires Humility towards our fellow man
Humility towards our fellow man involves:
Subordinating our desires/emotions to others’
Active, going out of our way, service
Great blessing to others & divine reward to us