Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Portrait of Humilty

Continuing to work my way through the New Testament Book of James the topic of humility keeps finding its way into my journal notes.
Here's the profile of humility that has been forming.

Can come as the result of trials
Helps us learn to seek God's wisdom
And to discover our true treasure - Jesus
Aids in giving us proper perspective
Encourages us to examine ourselves honestly
Creates a sincere heart
Keeps us in step with true religion
Sees others through Jesus' eyes and accepts them equally
Allows mercy to take root over judgment
Results in pure motives
Causes us to be careful of our words
Makes no room for jealousy
Receives God's wisdom which is....
                    Pure....peaceable...gentle...willing to yield...full of mercy...
bears good fruits...unwavering...without hypocrisy
Submits to God
Resists the enemy
Draws near to Papa
Is lifted up
Is the mark of a friend of God.

What a picture that draws!
Not just the outline of a life filled with shadows, but one bursting with color, a vibrant life.

This brings to mind the Second Chapter of Philippians which describes the attitude of Jesus, which we are to adopt as our own.
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
I intended to copy about half of that text, but Papa reminded me that the most important part to share is Jesus great sacrifice.
In face of such an example and of such great love, how can we (I) do less than yield everything to Him?!

Oh what a privilege to follow my Savior!

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