Some people define humility as the absence of pride. They get it backwards, because they don't understand that humility is the positive and pride is the negative. Pride is the absence of humility.
Humility is the simplicity of seeing things as they are: that you are absolutely dependent on Christ the Head and Christ the Body.
Humility is awareness of your need for every single experience and gift that Christ has given to the church, including the free gifts of forgiveness for sin, water baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, imparted gifts of the Spirit, righteousness, holiness, redemption (freedom from slavery to sin). Humility also gives you a vision of your need for Christ the Body. This includes every gift, ministry, and office in every member, every order God has set in His Body, every doctrine Christ has revealed to His holy apostles, every administration of government in the church, the assembling together of the Christ the Body and all the ministry that occurs through that order, and every other part of Christ the Body. Humility also allows you to see your dependence on all the little things that God brings into your life--every blessing and every test. Humility shows you that God is working all things to bring about His good purpose, which is your conformity to the image of Jesus. Humility enlightens the eyes of your understanding to see your dependence on the Hand of God as He uses every circumstance to mold you and prepare you to become the ministry that He has ordained you to be in Christ the Body. Humility gives you the vision that allows you to submit to all the authority that God has set, to thank God in all things, and to give honor to whom honor is due. Humility removes the human desire to go where God has not sent you. Humility removes the human desire for recognition, honor, fame, disorderly pleasure, or fortune.
Pride is the lack of ability to see this.
Humility is strength through accepting and perceiving the reality of our utter dependence on God. Pride, on the other hand, is the absence of humility. Pride is a failure to accept and perceive the reality of our utter dependence on God. Pride is a type of insanity. Humility is sanity. A proud person cannot receive Jesus as Savior. An Atheist becomes his or her own god and is puffed up with pride--this is why it is the fool who said in his heart that there is no God.
For those who have been born again, pride keeps them from admitting that they don't have it all. Humility allows them to continue to seek the Lord. Pride forms denominations. Humility brings the Body of Christ into unity. It is pride that makes Christians think that they can do good works independent of Christ the Head or Christ the Body. Pride can keep a Christian from entering into the Kingdom of God.
Humility is the realization that only by submission to the Holy Spirit can any Christian ever allow God to do His good works through them. On the other hand, pride makes Christians think that they can continue in sin. Humility makes Christians realize that they have been saved to good works and that good works all proceed from God. Pride makes a Christian think that he or she does not need the Holy Spirit. Pride that makes a Spirit Filled Christian think that he or she has received the Holy Spirit because he or she was worthy. Humility is the realization that we receive the Holy Spirit because we are needy, not worthy.
Definition of Humility - Define Humility from the Old Testament Scripture
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace to the lowly.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect to the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Popularity, Success, Attention, or Power can make humility difficult:
Jeremiah 13:18 Say to the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.
2Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
Lack of Humility is Judged:
Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
The Judgments of God were given as the remedy to lack of humility.
Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Deuteronomy 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
God listens to the humble.
2Chronicals 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2Chronicals 34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
Job 22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
Psalm 9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
Psalm 10:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
Psalm 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
2 Chronicals 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Psalms 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
The humble can discern and have developed spiritual senses.
Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
Definition of Humility - Define Humility from the New Testament Scripture:
1Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Definition of Humility - Define Humility from the Humility of Early Christians
Acts 20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
Here, Paul warns against those who are puffed up and deceiving Christians into a kind of false humility that is by personal will power (voluntary or by human will) rather than the true humility that comes by the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary [by human will power] humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Definition of Humility - Define Humility by a Description of Jesus
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh to thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Last updated: Jun, 2013