What does the word humility really mean?

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Humility is defined as a modest view of one’s own importance or humbleness. In the Bible, the Greek word translated “humility” means “lowliness of mind” (Colossians 3:12).

Humility is the attitude of heart, mind, and life that prepares the way for sanctification. Sinners need to come to Christ in humility acknowledging their need for salvation for they are unworthy and unable to save themselves. By faith, they accept God’s offer of mercy (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then, Christ exchanges their worthlessness for His infinite worth and their sin for His righteousness. From that point on, they follow Him in love and gratitude (Galatians 2:20).

Also, humility or meekness toward God means that the believers accept His will and His dealings with them as good, and they submit to Him in all things, without hesitation. A “meek” person has self under complete control. For through self-exaltation our first parents lost the kingdom entrusted to them but through meekness it may be regained

And meekness is the absence of self-justification, the opposite of self-assertion. It has a mild and kindly composure. Jesus Christ, during His hours of bitterest trial, was the perfect example of true meekness. Christ spoke of Himself as “meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). This pattern the true Christian must strive to match in his everyday life.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). The “poor in spirit” are to receive the riches of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:3) and inherit the earth in due time. Thus, those who learn meekness—will be exalted (Matt. 23:12).

In conclusion, the duty of man is summarized in the following passage: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Christians should labor constantly for humbleness of mind and to have the meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price (1 Peter 3:4).

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