– by Audrey Hardy

“He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death—even the death of the cross … God … has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name…’” – Phil 2: 8-11

I truly believe that humbling oneself is probably one of the most difficult things that a Christian can be asked to do – and yet, if we are to grow and mature spiritually, it is a priority in our daily walk with Jesus. Many issues amongst Christians remain unresolved; often due to broken relationships in families, or within church leadership, and so forth. We regularly come across believers who carry hurt and unforgiveness that hinders their spiritual growth because their hearts have grown hard and cold. 

All of this is due to pride, which results in an unwillingness to forgive or to ask for forgiveness. I am sure that everyone will agree with me that it is one thing to humble yourself before the Lord, but quite another to do so before a person, whether he is a fellow believer or not, particularly when we believe we are right. Yet, this is vital if we are to see relationships restored and to live in peace with one another. Brothers and sisters, humility towards one another is not a matter of who is right or wrong – it’s about keeping the door open in our relationships at home, in the church, and even outside. Once again, we see that this cannot happen unless we humble ourselves and allow the Spirit of God to break us and mould us; and, in doing so, take up our cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus! He is our greatest example. Let us heed of the advice of Peter who encourages us to clothe ourselves, “…with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.’” – 1 Peter 5:5 

Audrey Hardy is an international speaker and songwriter. She’s married to Miki Hardy and co-founded CTMI. For more information email:  audrey@ctmi.org

Article source: JOY! Magazine

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