Put on . . . humility. (Colossians 3:12)
We live in an “it’s all about me” world. Humility is considered a weakness by many. According to the Greek definition, humility means to “have a humble opinion of one’s self”.
When we choose to put on humility, we are laying aside pride. And this is tough! Pride (which is closely related to fear) can destroy relationships with our family, friends, co-workers, and God.
Do nothing in rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
The King James version uses the phrase “humbleness of mind” for the word humility. Humility begins in the mind. The enemy loves nothing better than to plant ideas that highlight how your “rights” are being violated. (Remember Eve?) It does not take long for pride to take root and take over.
Humility puts God first. Seeking the Word for God’s will in our lives will keep us humble. When we choose to honor and obey God rather than our flesh, pride is overcome and humility prevails.
Humility put others first. This is especially important in our families. In no way, does the Bible suggest we become doormats. There is a tremendous strength in being humble. Humility allows us to love our husbands and our children in a way that helps them to become who God created them to be. While pride will tear down our home, humility builds it up.
True humility is possible when we are Spirit-led rather than flesh-led. As you practice putting on humility, God will empower you with His grace and you will be able to conquer the enemy of pride.
What is an area of your life that has been overtaken by pride? Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life and ask Him to reveal areas of pride that threaten your relationships with others.
Put on . . . kindness. (Colossians 3:12)
Last week I was sitting at a stoplight in rush hour traffic and my van died. I frantically put it in park so I could restart it, praying that I could at least get to the side of the road. It started and immediately began to spew steam. The temperature indicator was as high as it could go. Quickly I pulled onto the shoulder and called my husband.
I sat there for a few minutes and a white SUV pulled in front of me and got out. A young man got out and walked back to me. I got out of my van and he immediately asked if I was ok. I told him my husband was on the way and he said “OK. I’ll just stay with you until he gets here.” My Good Samaritan was 16 years old. That night he was definitely wearing kindness. It quickly became clear that he was a Christian and we talked about church, his plans for the future, and other things. He stayed with me the entire hour it took PD to get there.
Kindness made a not-so-great situation into one that was bearable. My heart was lifted by the kindess of a 16 year old boy. Kindness is simple, yet priceless.
According to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary kindness “delights in contributing to the happiness of others.” I love that definition!
God is kind. The Word mentions over and over the kindness of the Lord. As Jesus walked the earth, His kindness to the broken, the abused, and the lost made all the difference in their lives. Romans 2:4 tells us that is God’s kindness that leads people to repentance. Not judgment. Not nagging. Kindness. God’s desire is to transform us to be like Jesus. As we allow the fruit of kindness to grow in our lives, we will make a difference in the lives of others. We will be “Jesus with skin on” to a broken world.
God has commanded us to be kind. Kindness does not always come naturally to us. Oh, when everything is going well for us it might be easy to be kind to others, but what about on our bad days? Do our children see us as kind? Do our closest friends? Being kind to others when we do not feel like it is will impact us more than it impacts others. When we choose kind words we are cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and we will reap a great harvest. For ourselves and for others.
Decide now to engage in random acts of kindness this week. How can you impact the lives of your husband, children, friends, co-workers, and complete strangers with the kindness of Christ?