The Bible offers many verses on the topic of humility. Humility is best defined as “Putting others first and thinking of them before yourself.” When we display humility, it shows that we are other-centered instead of self-centered. True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
What the Bible says about humility
The Bible has a lot to say about humility and why it is important. In Philippians 2:3, it says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” This verse is telling us that we should not think of ourselves as above others, but instead we should think of others as being more important than ourselves.
Examples of humility in the Bible
The word “humility” appears many times in the Bible. In its simplest form, humility is putting others before ourselves. It can also be described as having a modest opinion of ourselves. When we are humble, we do not think we are better than others or more important. We let God be in control and give him the glory.
One well-known example of humility is when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17). Jesus was fully God, but he willingly became a servant and washed his disciples’ feet. He did this to teach them that they should serve others too.
Another biblical example of humility is found in Philippians 2:3-8. Paul tells us that we should not think of ourselves as better than others. We should not look out only for our own interests, but also for the interests of others. And if we have anything that could help other people, we should share it. In verses 5-8, Paul gives the ultimate example of humility: Jesus Christ “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
When we humble ourselves, we follow Jesus’ example and put others before ourselves. We think of other people’s needs instead of just our own. Humbling ourselves is not always easy, but it pleases God when we do it (Proverbs 16:19; 1 Peter 5:5-6).
What are the benefits of humility?
When we think of humility, we often think of someone who is meek and mild, someone who doesn’t speak up for themselves or who is always putting others first. But humility is so much more than that! The dictionary defines humility as “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.” So humility is really an attitude of the heart. It is having a correct view of ourselves in relation to God and others.
The Bible has a lot to say about humility. In James 4:6, we are told to “humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” And in 1 Peter 5:5-6, we are told to “ clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
So what are the benefits of living a humble life?
First of all, when we humble ourselves before the Lord, He will lift us up. He will exalt us in due time! We don’t need to try to exalt ourselves; that is His job! When we live a humble life, God will work everything out for our good (Romans 8:28). Secondly, when we live humbly before others, God gives us His grace. His favor rests on us! We don’t have to strive or work hard to earn His love; it is a free gift! Finally, living a life of humility pleases God. In Matthew 5:5 , Jesus said that He was pleased with those who were meek and lowly in heart. When our hearts are right with God and we are living humbly before Him and others, He is pleased!
How to humble yourself
The Bible has a lot to say about humility. In Philippians 2:3, we are told to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” This verse is a great reminder that we are to think of others before ourselves. We are also told in James 4:10 to “humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” When we humble ourselves, God will lift us up.
Steps to take to become more humble
1. Acknowledge that you are not perfect and that you make mistakes. Admit that you don’t know everything and be open to learning new things.
- Let go of the need to always be right. It’s okay to be wrong sometimes.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself and see the humor in everyday situations.
- Be thankful for what you have and don’t strive to constantly acquire more things. Material possessions won’t bring you lasting happiness.
- Seek out opportunities to help others. Make a difference in someone else’s life and feel good knowing that you are making a positive impact on the world around you
How to maintain humility
The Bible has a lot to say about humility. In fact, there are over 500 verses that mention the quality of humility. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Jesus Christ is our perfect example of humility. He “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6-7).
So how can we maintain humility? How can we have a right perspective of ourselves? Here are five ways the Bible tells us to humble ourselves:
- Be teachable
The ability to learn is the mark of intelligence, but the willingness to learn is the mark of wisdom. You can be smart and not be humble, but you can’t be truly wise without being humble. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Be teachable and open to others’ input. Don’t think you always know best.
- Be quick to listen
Communication is two-sided. It requires both speaking and listening. James 1:19 says we must “be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” So often we want others to listen more and talk less, but we need to take our own advice! Be patient and attentive when others are speaking. Don’t interrupt or make assumptions about what they’re trying to say—just listen!
3 . Admit your mistakes
We all make mistakes—it’s part of being human! But instead of getting defensive when we mess up, we need to admit our failures and ask for forgiveness. Own up to your wrong choices and take responsibility for your actions. This takes humility and courage, but it’s the mature thing to do. As Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
4 . Serve others
Jesus said that if we want to be first, we must be last (Mark 9:35). He also said that the greatest among us must serve others (Matthew 23:11-12). True greatness doesn’t come from pursuing power or prestige—it comes from being humble and putting others first. If you want to live a life of impact for Christ, look for ways you can serve those around you!
5 . Give glory to God
Ultimately, humility is not about thinking less of ourselves—it’s about thinking of ourselves less. When we humble ourselves before God, we recognize that He is sovereign and we are not. We surrender our lives and our plans into His hands because we trust His perfect wisdom and goodnessworking all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). Philippians 2:3 says , “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit , but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” When our motivation is love rather than pride ,we give glory honor ,and praise where it’s due —to God alone!
As you can see, there are many verses in the Bible that tell us to humble ourselves. And there are also many examples of people who were humble. When we humble ourselves, we are exalting God and He blesses us. He gives us wisdom, He uses us in mighty ways, and people are drawn to Him because of our humility. So let’s make a commitment to daily humble ourselves and give God the glory!