Interpersonal Relationships

When we learn and practice true humility, we can make all our relationships healthier

Relationships 101
True Humility

Scripture Reading: Titus 3:9-12

Key Verse: Titus 3:1-2

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

When the apostle uses the phrase “true humility” it is reasonable to suggest there is a “false humility” hanging around as an option! We’ve all probably witnessed false humility, someone acting like or putting on a front of being humble, but continually emphasizing self and self-promotion. Attractive relationships can never exist if one or more in the relationship continues their false humility façade.

When we learn and practice true humility, we can make all our relationships much more attractive. The first thing needed for true humility is a true evaluation of ourselves. No one is without flaws and failures in their life. Everyone lives with this human condition called “being human.” We not only fall short of the glory of God, we fall short of our own desired goals and perfection. No matter how hard we try, mistakes and shortcomings are going to plague us. If you ever feel this condition doesn’t affect you, you need a big dose of reality therapy! When you start to judge others with a harsh attitude, do a quick check; list your own failures. True self-evaluation is humbling.

Another good practice that helps us live in true humility is to measure ourselves by the standards in the Bible. We might be able to look better than our neighbor but try comparing yourself to the Bible’s descriptions of Jesus. Examine Jesus’ passion, love, patience, and discipline. Compare your dedication level with His. It won’t be long until “true humility” will be flowing through your veins!

Father, help me not to think of myself more highly than I ought. I give you permission to remind me today of my shortcomings so I can rely on you and your grace more. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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