“The Greek philosophers despised
humility, because it implied
inadequacy, lack of dignity, and
This is not the meaning of humility
as defined by the Bible. Jesus is the
supreme example of humility, and
He is completely adequate and of
infinite dignity and worth. Biblical
humility is not a belittling of
oneself, but an exalting or praising
of others, especially God and Jesus.
A humble person, then, focuses
more on God and others than on
Biblical humility is also an acknowledgement that in ourselves
and of ourselves we are inadequate, without dignity and
worthless. Yet, because we are created in God's image and
because we're believers in Christ, we have infinite worth and
dignity. True humility does not produce pride but gratitude. Since
God is both our Creator and Redeemer, our existence and
righteousness depend on Him.
Something that I especially
like about this definition and
explanation is that it shows
that true humility is not to
belittle yourself and not to be
so negative about yourself that
you dwell on your weaknesses
and your inadequacies, but
rather you praise the Lord
that; because He saved us,
because He created us and
because He lives in us, we
It's dwelling on the fact that
the Lord works through us;
though weak and incapable as
we are, miraculously,
He can actually work through
us and use us.
It's wonderful, and it's a really
good way to look at things.
Now, meekness has two definitions
—one of them is positive and the other is negative.
This is to be humble, or quiet,
modest and gentle.
This is to be submissive in a negative sense, as in being
fearful, cowering, cringing, or moving backward in fear.
Some people have a touch of
the negative side of
meekness, probably due to
either fear or negative
thinking about themselves.
When you feel this way, you
can have a little bit of an
"excuse me for living" type
attitude, which causes you to
lack faith in yourself and
—to show mildness or quietness of nature, strength and
courage under control, coupled with kindness.
This kind of meekness is when you have faith and peace,
because you know God's in control.
You've got the Lord's
presence right there with
you and you've gotten your
instructions from Him, so
you have the assurance that
He's going to work things
out. You know He'll do the
miracles that are needed, no
matter how incredibly
overwhelming or desperate
the situation might be.
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You're depending on the Lord and not on
yourself, your own talent, your own
wisdom, or your own charisma.
You're just trusting, and because
you trust, you have faith and
confidence in the Lord –that
calmness, that meekness, which
translates to others as the Lord's
presence right there with you.
You're quiet in spirit. You're mild,
because you're not frantically trying to
work up a miracle or a solution in your