Week of March 11 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Acts 20:19; Philippians 2:3; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 3:8; 5:5

serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 

5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Reflect: What common trait is found in each of these passages? In your own words, define humility.

Consider: Nothing was to be done out of selfish ambition (v. 3). The same word (eritheian) appears in 1:17 to describe the attitude of those who opposed Paul. Without question such behavior is of the flesh and not the Spirit (cf. Gal. 5:20, which uses the same word). Vain conceit, meaning “empty glory,” was probably the root cause of their selfish ambition. The two negatives are followed by a positive exhortation: in humility consider others better than yourselves. But, a word of contrast, introduces these words. Humility before God and man is a virtue every child of God needs to strive for. A spirit of pride in human relations indicates a lack of humility before God. Paul exhorted the Philippians to consider others before themselves.[1]

Respond:  What is your biggest challenge related to humility? How can a sense of false humility be just as dangerous?


[1] Robert P. Lightner, “Philippians,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 653.