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Humility, a Christian Characteristic

Today, I preached my second sermon of three on Christian Characteristics. Last time I preached, I established from Philippians 1:27-30 that unity is needed for perseverance. Today, from 2:1-11, I preached how humility is needed for unity. If you made a flow chart, it would look something like this: Humility –> Unity –> Perseverance.

A proper understanding of the gospel fosters humility—Ephesians 2:8-9. Prayer, which I said last week fosters unity, is no contradiction to today’s teaching; in fact, prayer is an exercise and act of humility.

Philippians 2:3-4 defines what humility is toward other people. Humility is important because it is the root virtue of all Christian virtues; all other Christian virtues, such as faith, hope, and love even, stem from humility.

Conversely, pride is the root sin. Satan tempted Eve by saying, “You will be like God.” Pride is even at the root of the love of money, which is the root of all kinds of evil.

As Christians, we must put off pride and put on humility—Ephesians 4:22-24.

Paul’s ultimate argument in Philippians 2:1-11 is that we should be humble because Christ is humble. Notice Philippians 2:5-8; Jesus had the ultimate love—and the ultimate humility—in dying for us (John 15:13).

The Father has exalted the Son because the Son was humble and died on the cross to atone for His people’s sins and to reconcile us to God—Philippians 2:9-11. These verses reveal that there is nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness, but it is wrong to lord any greatness over others. “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be the servant of all.” We must work toward hearing Jesus say to us “Well done, good and faithful servant,” in humble service to God, seeking to glorify Him.

1 Peter 5:5-11. If you exercise pride, God will oppose you; if you exercise humility, God will give you grace and will exalt you “at the proper time,” to a lesser extent than He has exalted Christ.

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