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The Humility of Love

Describing God as humble may seem irreverent, even counterintuitive; however, our All-Powerful, Most High Triune God describes himself this way:

  •  Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold the things in heaven and on earth? Psalm 113:5-6
  •  Jesus said, "I am meek and humble of heart." Matthew 11:29.
  •  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22, 23

Humility is both an essential characteristic of God as well as of love. I John 4:8 states that God is (agape) Love. Love "is not arrogant...does not insist on its own way" according to I Corinthians 13:4-5. Agape love is neither proud nor selfish; agape love is essentially humble.

We live in His love, and best enjoy His love, as we--with his help--become more like Him. We are called to join in this intentional self-humbling and servant hood, to “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, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.- Philippians 2:5-8.

Jesus’ humility was not due to defect or sin. Instead, rather because of his perfection and freedom from sin Jesus was able and full to serve abundantly.

Praying this Valentine’s Day that we at Ellensburg Christian School, along with “all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8


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