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Day 16 of Lent: Humility

Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2019

prayer-2544994_1920You hear many people talking about humility and wanting to be humble, but there is a big difference between true humility and false humility. True humility does not care if the person gets recognized or not, while false humility acts like they don’t care if they get recognized or not, but deep down they want to be recognized and praised.

The Christian understanding of this is realizing that we are sinners and deserve nothing at all and are totally dependent on God for everything.  It is that understanding which is at the heart of our Bible verse for today “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10).

The idea behind this verse is that it is much better to be humble and fade into the background and have God lift you up and praise you for what you are doing than seeking the praise and recognition and then having someone humiliate you by not recognizing you.

There is no denying that this is a struggle, because our human nature wants to be praised and recognized. 

Never give up on humility and strive to be humble as Jesus showed us how!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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