Equal vs. Better or Worse
Humility affects how we treat other people. Last week we discussed how humility leads us to God; now, let's see how it brings us together.
Webster defines humility as "The quality of not thinking that you are better than other people." Humility gives us the freedom to appreciate others' strengths without it taking away from us. It helps us overcome pride and arrogance. It is not insecurity; it is confidence that everyone has value.
While people certainly have different gifts and talents, personal worth is not based on those things. We all have inherent worth as children of God. This belief leads to respect, as we understand everyone has value. Humility cares about others; it is not self-absorbed. It sets aside differences and seeks to connect and understand.
Humility right sizes us. It is an attitude of modesty that comes from understanding our place in the larger order of things. Ephesians 4:2 says, " Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
When we believe life is about God's higher purposes, not our needs and desires, it changes our perspective on what is important and enables us to live differently.
Humble people are not boastful; they don't belittle others. They are not jealous, proud, vain, or rude. They put themselves in someone else's shoes and understand everyone deserves respect.
As we embrace humility, it will change our relationship with God and how we relate to one another.