Philippians 2:7

“Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of man. It is the root of every virtue. And so pride, or loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.” – Andrew Murray

Jesus, our Redeemer, had as a chief characteristic, humility, He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a servant and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.

Last week, Paul drove home the better way – love. Love is real when it is manifested to others but the greatest obstruction to love is pride, being full of myself, the opposite.

Pride is what causes a person with zero mechanical skills to look under the hood of a stalled car as if he could discover the problem. It is the source of driving around frustrated, refusing to ask for directions, all the time denying the fact that you are lost. It prompts us to continue an argument when it is obvious we don’t have a clue what we are talking about, because pride has a way of ignoring logic in a desperate attempt to cover our incompetence.

Humility, on the other hand, calls the AAA without exiting the car, listens to the wife and her suggestions and quickly admits when wrong, because humility realizes that it is not all about me.
True humility is derived by honestly assessing ourselves in the light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness. Since humility is the very root of the Christ-life, is it any wonder that when it is ignored we experience so little of the joy of our salvation? The Corinthians have painted a clear picture of a how lack of humility can harm a church.

The Holy One, the Humble One.

Religion in pride says, “Keep to yourself, don’t come near me, for I am too holy for you!” Isa 65:5
Jesus is humility incarnate. He left heaven to come near to us in our sinful pride to save us.
The Pharisee said, “God, I thank you that I’m not like other people.” Luke 18:11
Jesus, who existed in the form of God did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.
Jesus set the example, deny self, take up the cross and be buried.

If I could do this Jesus won’t have had to come in my place but sin and pride reign in mankind and I’m helpless. So, Jesus came in complete humiliation, humbling Himself to death – even the death of the cross, he was buried in finality it seemed. However, on the third day He arose to conquer pride and the resulting death and provide salvation to all that would humble themselves before Him.

In Christ, His death becomes mine and His resurrection life becomes mine. I have been given power over sin and death by a power greater than mine and as I humble myself His power is more and more evident in my life.

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