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How can a young person be humble? –Crystal, 16, NM


Shayna Answers:

Dear Crystal,

What a great question! The Bible provides a ton of advice on this subject, so let’s start with some of its most comprehensive verses.
 
James 4:6-10 says: “‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will free from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail.
 
Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
 
First of all, we are to submit ourselves to God (verse 7). The best way to do this is to “come near to God” (verse 8) by praying, studying our Bibles, and worshipping Him through our songs, praise, and witness.
 
When we make a conscious effort to put God before anything else and follow His will, we are actively submitting to Him. Doing this draws us closer to God. And the closer we get to Him, the more we become aware of our own faults and sinfulness, which is a humbling experience.
 
Verse 6 tells us “God opposes the proud.” Pride comes from the devil, and verse 7 says we need to “resist the devil.” Remember that 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us that “bad company corrupts good character.” Because we tend to imitate the characteristics of the people we spend the most time with, if we want to be humble we should avoid spending time with people who are arrogant, spiteful, or actively exhibiting the actions of the sinful nature listed in Galatians 5:19-21.
 
Also, Philippians 2:3-5 also encourages us to “in humility consider others better than yourselves,” which relates to purifying our hearts (James 4:8). Colossians 3:13 also tells us to bear with each other and forgive the grievances done against us. Because humility requires us to be selfless, consciously thinking about others before ourselves and considering their needs first will make us more humble.
 
Finally, James 4:9 tells us to “grieve, mourn and wail.” Although it’s not usually something we want to do, God often uses trials to humble us.
 
Sometimes we’re so caught up in our own world that the only way for God to get our attention is through loss, pain, or hurt. Often these difficult experiences cause us to humble ourselves and depend on Him.
 
Romans 5:3, 4 reminds us that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. This hope draws us closer to God and humbles us.
 
Your question is great because God has given us so many promises regarding humility. First Peter 5:6 says: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Proverbs 22:4 associates humility with the fear of the Lord—something that comes naturally.
The essence of humility is forming a strong relationship with God, putting others before ourselves, and depending on God during our trials. Jesus did these three things while living here on earth. That’s why 1 John 2:6 says that as Christians, we must walk as He did—with humility.


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