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Humility

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An attitude of lowliness and obedience, grounded in the recognition of one’s status before God as his creatures.

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God commands humility

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God exalts the humble

Luke 1:52 NIV
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
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Believers should humble themselves before God

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Humility linked with repentance:

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Humility linked with God’s favour:

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; lack of humility linked with disobedience

God humbles his people to renew and restore them

Psalm 44:9 NIV
But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.
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God humbles the proud

Luke 18:14 NIV
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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Examples of humble people

Outstanding individuals

Jacob; Joseph; Moses; Saul

David:

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Solomon; Daniel; John the Baptist; Elizabeth; Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ

Paul:

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The example of Jesus Christ

Philippians 2:5–8 NIV
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

The humility of Jesus Christ foretold:

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