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Humility

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An attitude of lowliness and obedience, grounded in the recognition of one’s status before God as his creatures.

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God commands humility

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God exalts the humble

Luke 1:52 ESV
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
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Believers should humble themselves before God

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Humility linked with repentance:

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Humility linked with God’s favour:

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; lack of humility linked with disobedience

God humbles his people to renew and restore them

Psalm 44:9 ESV
But you have rejected us and disgraced us and have not gone out with our armies.
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God humbles the proud

Luke 18:14 ESV
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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Examples of humble people

Outstanding individuals

Jacob; Joseph; Moses; Saul

David:

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Solomon; Daniel; John the Baptist; Elizabeth; Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ

Paul:

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The example of Jesus Christ

Philippians 2:5–8 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

The humility of Jesus Christ foretold:

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