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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!

    Aysha Ives
    Aysha Ives loves God with her whole heart and has a desire to help hurting people. With a Masters Degree in Psychology, she combines her education and experience with her love for God to help people live whole and fulfilled lives. Aysha is an Author, Mental Health Provider, Youth Church Teacher, and the mother of one gifted little boy whom she absolutely adores. Aysha is honored to be able to share her love of God with Project Inspired readers. Aysha is also the author of God Cares About Your Stuff: How To Believe For Tomorrow When Things Look Utterly, Completely, And Totally Impossible Today, released February 2013- Available at Amazon.

    8 COMMENTS

    1. 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.

      • 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.

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

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