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humility

Humility is a prominent Christian grace. Humility is a state of mind well pleasing to God.

…the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. —1 Peter 3:4 NASB

Humility preserves the soul in tranquillity (Psalms 69:32-33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. —Romans 12:3 NKJV

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God2 Corinthians 3:5 NASB

Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, —Romans 15:17-18 NASB

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.1 Corinthians 3:5-7 NKJV

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:11-13 NASB

Christ has set us an example of humility (Philippians 2:6-8).

• See how Christ humbled himself

We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam. 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honor (Proverbs 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Psalms 147:6; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5). It is a “great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory.”

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