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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 NIV84
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
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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 NIV84
But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.
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God humbles the proud

Luke 18:14 NIV84
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he 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

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The example of Jesus Christ

Philippians 2:5–8 NIV84
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, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

The humility of Jesus Christ foretold:

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