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What’s it mean to ‘humble yourself’? 

​Someone asked this on Facebook,

“James 4:10 Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

What does the word humble mean according to this text? Please answer”

Well, you know me, I felt those last two words were an imperative. I just had to answer. 

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So, I pulled up my handy-dandy Bible software from Logos and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

The dictionary tells us: Humility means “the state of being humble.” Both it and humble have their origin in the Latin word humilis, meaning “low.”

freedom from pride or arrogance :  the quality or state of being humble


From these definitions, I think the Spirit, in this verse, was saying to come before the Lord with zero arrogance, zero pride, recognizing that you are without stature before Him.

Thus, when HE lifts you up, you will not compare yourself with others and find them below you.

Simple, huh? Sometimes we overthink what God is saying. What do you think? Is there more to this being humble thing?

About Faye

Women's speaker, wife, mom & grandmother who loves to teach God's Word, drink coffee, cheer on her favorite football teams and capture nature and architecture with her camera. Faye is the author of Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues.

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