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Loving Your Inner Beauty Series: Humility

We previously discussed that God doesn’t view beauty the same way people view beauty. God isn’t concerned with how people look on the outside as much as He’s concerned with our inner beauty.

Of course, He wants us to be healthy and well-groomed vessels, as we’re temples of the Holy Spirit. So, yes, we should be health conscious, wear clean and presentable clothing, and our appearance should reflect that we’re children of a sovereign King. However, we should always be humble in everything that we do.

We’ll begin our series on Loving Your Inner Beauty by discussing the importance of humility. Let’s start by understanding exactly what it means to be humble. TheFreeDictionary.com defines “humble” this way:

Humble: Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. Showing deferential or submissive respect.

The greatest example of humility was demonstrated by Jesus. Consider Philippians 2:5-8:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

God wants us to show the love of Christ in everything that we do! This includes being humble in our interactions with others. It’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments, but it’s NOT okay to demonstrate an attitude of pride.

God frowns when we think we’re better than others. He’s displeased when we think we’re too important, too busy, or too “good” to help other people who need our assistance. God dislikes it when you’re still under your parents’ care and you refuse to comply with their instructions, or the instructions of other adults whom He’s placed in your life to guide you.

Jesus, who is God HIMSELF, came to Earth to serve others. If JESUS demonstrates humility, then we absolutely should do the same thing! God wants us to live a great life, but He wants us always to be respectful, kind, and modest!

Are you walking in humility? Take this short “yes” or “no” quiz to see if you’re consistently demonstrating humility!

  1. Do you congratulate others for a job well done, even if you would have done things differently?
  2. Do you spend time self reflecting and trying to improve the areas in your life that you struggle with?
  3. Do you easily forgive others after a disagreement?
  4. Are you respectful to your parents, teachers, ministers, and others, even when you’re angry?
  5. Are you obedient to God’s Word even when it’s tough or when others ridicule you?
  6. Do you try to help others who are in need, even if it’s inconvenient for you?

If you answered “yes” more often than you answered “no,” then you’re on the right track! Keep up the good work. Continue to humble yourself to God’s Word!

If you answered “no” more often than you answered “yes,” or there’s a tie, then you may want to reconsider how you’re interacting with others. Remember, God wants us to demonstrate the love of Christ through our humble behavior.

Don’t forget, the quizzes of Project Inspired aren’t scientific polls. Always be led by the Holy Spirit!

Girls, challenge yourself to walk in the spirit of humility this week!

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  1. Blacky99

    Posted by Blacky99 on February 20, 2012 at 07:47

    I have always had a problem with being humble. I’m so competitive and it’s hard not to just enjoy things and help other people. Challenge accepted!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by emilybrub74 on March 8, 2012 at 18:14

      Yeah- same for me- but it is people that I do not enjoy because I am constantly analyzing, criticizing and judging them. :/ Sometimes I judge by looks, like “Woah, she has a creepy boyfriend” or “That makeup does not look good.” Also, I judge people’s personality, character, morality and values after just one encounter with them. I judge people quickly as “too quiet/too stuck-up/insecure/popular and therefore arrogant/short-short skirt and therefore immoral/etc.” I do it all the time. I am going to be more aware of what I am thinking about people and try to enjoy people for their good qualities. 🙂 I should also remember that I have flaws as well and try to not think prideful thoughts about being better than other people. Challenge accepted.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by emilybrub74 on March 8, 2012 at 18:16

        We are all sinners and all fall short of God’s perfection. And Jesus forgets all flaws and forgives all of us.

  2. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on February 20, 2012 at 06:15

    Thank you for the message. My friend struggles with humility and this will be great for her. Thanks. 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Maddie on February 17, 2012 at 21:07

    Inner beauty radiates more than outward beauty.
    People will notice your sunny disposition and want
    to be around you because of it. Being respectful,
    content, happy and encouraging has its perks.
    The biggest perk of all is that when people want to
    be around you, you can share Jesus with them.
    And they’ll listen because they value your opinion.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on February 17, 2012 at 14:00

    Challenge accepted

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 16, 2012 at 20:19

    When you are humble,God will be pleased and he will bless you.