Reading Bishop of Rome: A Title of Humility from Rorate Caeli brought my mind to the words of Jesus Christ in this particular verse in the Bible: “But the greatest among you shall be your servant.12“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) Does this mean that God favors the humble? I believe it does.
In this power and success-driven society that we are living in, humility isn’t necessarily viewed as a highly valuable trait to possess. In fact, it may even be viewed as a weakness. But in the Bible, humility is given much importance–being reiterated by various authors so many times.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”
1 Peter 5:6
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
As mere sinners in need of Grace, we ought to humble ourselves in all our ways. Even the son of God humbled himself and took the form of a bond servant, and came in the likeness of men. Furthermore, the Lord delights in those who possess humility. When we humble ourselves, we open our lives to receive God’s grace and blessing. God favors the humble.
May the Lord find us humble today.