Ch. 10: The Attitudes of a Humble Heart

Attitudes of a Transformed Heart

by, Martha Peace

Ch. 10: The Attitudes of a Humble Heart

  • humility is thinking no higher than you ought to think by viewing yourself and God through an accurate biblical perspective. Thus your focus is on pleasing and serving God and others, not on yourself. p.147
  • Biblical Principles on Humility (pgs. 147-152)
    1. We are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Romans 12:3)
    2. God gave us our gifts and abilities (1 Corinthians 15:10)
    3. We are to give preference to others (Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3)
    4. The humble person is capable of learning God’s ways (Psalm 25:9)
    5. We are to put on a heart of humility (Colossians 3:12)
      • putting on humility takes work. It takes the work of God to enable us. It takes work on our part to think and respond in a humble manner
    6. The more humble we are, the more we please God and will be rewarded by Him (1 Peter 5:5-7)
    7. God dwells with the humble (Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 5:3-4)
    8. God gives grace (favor, undeserved blessings) to the humble (James 4:6)
      • it is utterly crucial to realize that no one stops being proud until they start being humble and it goes without saying that no one was ever truly righteously humble apart from God’s enabling grace
  • Attitudes of Humility (pgs. 152-157)
    1. You are aware of your need for God’s grace and ask Him for humility (Hebrews 4:14-16)
    2. You immediately think, “God show me where I’m wrong,” instead of thinking “I’m right and I’ll prove it” (James 4:10)
    3. You have the attitude of “teach me,” not “I know all I need to know” (Psalm 119:33-34
    4. You think first of others’ feelings and needs, not “What about me?” (Philippians 2:3-4)
    5. You give God the credit for your achievements and salvation. You do not think, “Look what I have done!” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
    6. You are truly worshiping God, not merely going through the motions of religious pretense (Luke 18:10-14)
    7. You are willing to suffer humiliation and embarassment for Jesus’ sake even if you are never vindicated in this life (1 Peter 4:14-16,19)

Application Questions:

  1. Which attitudes of a humble heart is the biggest challenge for you?
  2. Are there any of the proud thoughts that you can relate to? Or can you think of one you have?
  3. Are there any proud people in your life? How can you interact with them differently to “consider them better than yourself?”

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