3. Walking Humbly


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3. A LIfe Worth Living: Humbly Walking, with Gentleness. Andrew Ford.
C3 09. St Marks Anglican Church Malabar. April 24-26 2009. Waterslea

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3. Walking Humbly

  1. 1. Humbly Walking, with Gentleness
  2. 2. Do you know this woman? Australian race walker Jane Saville
  3. 3. <ul><li>Ephesians 4:1-3 </li></ul><ul><li>“ I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness , with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. humility?
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Probably at no other point does the Christian mind clash more violently with the secular mind than in its insistence on humility and its implacable hostility to pride” </li></ul><ul><li>J.R. Stott </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is humility?
  7. 7. Humble before God? <ul><li>Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6) </li></ul><ul><li>Power (Deut 8) </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation (Ex 13) </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance (Ps 139) </li></ul><ul><li>Protection (Ps 34) </li></ul><ul><li>Creator (Isa 64) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Humble before God? <ul><li>O LORD, our Lord, </li></ul><ul><li>how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? </li></ul><ul><li>Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8, cf Heb 2) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Jesus the humble one <ul><li>“ So if there is any encouragement in Christ , any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind , having the same love , being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves . Let each of you look not only to his own interests , but also to the interests of others. </li></ul><ul><li>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 made himself nothing (emptied himself, made himself low) , 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.” (Phil. 2:1-8) </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is humility?
  11. 11. What is humility? <ul><li>Pride is the way of the World, the Flesh, and the Devil. </li></ul><ul><li>Humility is the way of Christ and is Spirit enabled. (Eph 4:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Pride is the encouragement to compare ourselves with other people. </li></ul><ul><li>Humility is comparing yourself with Jesus Christ. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is humility? <ul><li>Pride covets the success of other. </li></ul><ul><li>Humility celebrate, rejoices in other peoples success </li></ul><ul><li>Pride is about me. </li></ul><ul><li>Humility is about Jesus and about others. </li></ul><ul><li>Pride is about my glory. </li></ul><ul><li>Humility is all about Jesus, and His glory alone. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is humility? <ul><li>“ Pride is the Mother of all sin.!” Augustine </li></ul><ul><li>Humility is the fount of all joy. </li></ul><ul><li>Pride is achievable right now, today. </li></ul><ul><li>Humility is something we will pursue all our lives. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Humility toward others <ul><li>Ten practical steps </li></ul><ul><li>Follow truth wherever it leads. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear you learning lightly. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invite, even pursue correction & godly rebuke. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from everyone- even your enemies. </li></ul><ul><li>Repent quickly and thoroughly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saying sorry isn’t just for people ‘lower’ than you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seek out and celebrate God’s work in others. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Humility toward others <ul><li>Ten practical steps (continued) </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate an attitude & spirit of thankfulness. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to Jesus and His word more than to yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Exalt the name of Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>in everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Laugh (even at yourself). </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep (secure as a child of God). </li></ul>
  16. 16. Humility toward others <ul><li>“… put on the new self…” Eph 4:24 </li></ul><ul><li>“… walk… with all humility…” Eph 4:2 </li></ul><ul><li>“… clothe yourselves with humility….” Col 3:12 </li></ul><ul><li>What to wear? </li></ul><ul><li>Shirt of hatred ( Eph 4:31 ) ? </li></ul><ul><li>Shirt of loveless indifference? </li></ul><ul><li>Jacket of boastful pride? </li></ul><ul><li>My fishing shirt of false humility? </li></ul><ul><li>The royal garment- humility </li></ul>
  17. 17. gentleness?
  18. 18. <ul><li>A misunderstood virtue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A woman’s virtue? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Peter 3:3-4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God's sight. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. gentleness defined <ul><li>The problem with words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Considerate or kindly; admirable and tender. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not harsh or severe; mild and soft . </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. gentleness in the flesh <ul><li>  Two Models </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moses (Num12:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus (Lk 18:15-17: Matt 11:29-30; Matt 21:1-17) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. gentleness re-defined <ul><li>“ the mean between excessive anger and excessive angerlessness” Aristotle </li></ul><ul><li>uses of gentleness in ancient times </li></ul><ul><li>Tame an animal- bring it under control. </li></ul><ul><li>Moral self-control- controlled manner and approach to others. </li></ul>
  22. 22. gentleness re-defined <ul><li>A gentle torrent </li></ul><ul><li>A gentle inferno </li></ul><ul><li>A gentle infection </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus- strength under control </li></ul>
  23. 23. what gentleness isn’t <ul><li>Anaemic, wimpy, sentimental aimless. (NO). </li></ul><ul><li>Gentleness is not impotence! </li></ul>
  24. 25. Do you know this woman?