~Proverbs 6:3 Do this now, my son, deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
~Proverbs 15:33The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
~Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
According to Noah Webster, the word humility in this context means:
In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.
If today’s Christians practiced even 10% of this definition, there would not be many fighting Christians in churches today. Each Christian has been given a gift from the Holy Spirit to use within the church body. When each believer uses his gift according to the will of God, we make a whole body and function as one in our church.
When one or more stop using their gifts, the body no longer functions as a whole body but in bits and pieces. That body has become disfunctional. How can you tell? Look around you and see if the fruits of the Spirit are evident! Galations 5:22-23 list the fruits of the Spirit:
One who is humble is one who displays some of the fruits of the Spirit listed above. Can one be humble if he has no joy, gentleness, meekness or temperance residing within!
~James 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
I love to take teachings such as these and relate them to how the Holy Spirit equips us to fulfill the will of God in the church!