I can tell you how much I weigh because I stepped on a scale this morning, I often measure the length of a fish I catch with a tape measure. Occasionally when someone in our household talks of not feeling well Patty gets out the thermometer and takes their temperature. We can measure and quantify many things in our life, but how do we measure our pride/humility quotient. Humility is a character trait and pride is the absence of that character trait. The level of each character trait is who we are, it is what we are. Character has been described as what we are in the dark, or what we are when no one is looking. I define character as what and who we are when we die and stand before Jesus. In this life the various character traits show up in various ways and circumstances. Humility is best measured by how we treat people, especially those who violate our rights, hurt us, and that we don’t like. As Jesus said, anybody can love those who love them first, and anybody can be nice to those who are nice to them first, but only a very strong person can love those who hurt them, who cheated them, and dishonored them. That strength comes from the inner character of humility.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:11-12. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
When we humble ourselves by treating people who hurt us, offended us, and violated our personal rights with dignity and honor God will exalt us. When we are exalted by God we gain His inner strength, we sense His pleasure in us, and we become the one who gains the power to influence the other person so that they grow and change for the better.
Most choose to exalt themselves, that is they choose to retaliate, be rude, get angry, be bitter, and gossip,and slander the other person as a way of getting even. God is very involved in these situations, and those who choose this behavior He humbles, and being humbled by God is not a pleasant experience.
Psalms 10:17. O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
Psalms 37:11. But the humble will inherit the land. And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
James 4:6. But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
So, how much do you weigh? How tall are you? How old are you? How humble are you? You answer that question by asking and answering another question. How do you treat people who have not treated you well? You will know the answer to that question. Don’t justify, or excuse, or blame, answer the question honestly.
Often people will think that a truly humble person is weak, that a person who responds with gracious speech to the one who spoke rudely is a wimp, and that a person who treats someone with honor and kindness who has violated their personal rights is a coward, but the truth is they are the strongest of all people, and being exalted by God means you will be able to rise above the situations and see everything as God does, and understand the way God does.