Tuesday, February 16
An Attitude of Humility - Philippians 2:5-6 (NIV)
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped…"
This season of Lent always brings to mind the humility of Jesus. How great is His love for us that He, the very Son of God, submitted to such horrendous treatment by His enemies! He endured curses, beatings, unbelievable torture and finally crucifixion---while his enemies laughed and rejoiced in His sufferings. And through it all, in His humiliation, He uttered not one word of anger, nor did He call on His angel armies to come and rescue Him. He humbled Himself unto death. And He did this out of His love for us and our salvation. How great a God we have! What an example for living out our own lives.
James 3:13 says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” I am intrigued by that phrase. I must also admit to sometimes struggling with this attitude. When confronted by someone, my first tendency is to defend myself or strike back.
But the right response is to be like Jesus, who by His grace has demonstrated for me the right attitude for living out relationships in this world. It is following the way of the cross to humble oneself in the face of adversity and betrayal. When someone offends, to be quick to forgive.
Our Lord Jesus has provided us an example we are encouraged to follow. The writer of the Philippians text says to us, “Let this mind be in you...” In other words, seek to emulate your Savior, endeavor by God’s grace to be like Him in all of your relationships. James tells us that this leads to good conduct and that humility such as Jesus demonstrated, is wisdom at its best.
God our Father,
Thank You for sending Jesus to be our Savior and Lord. Enable in my life, through Your Holy Spirit at work within me, the power and desire to live humbly before You and my neighbor.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.