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What did Jesus say about Humility

Jesus spoke often about humility, emphasizing its importance in the Christian life. One of the most direct teachings is found in Matthew 23:12, where He says, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” This verse encapsulates the essence of Jesus’ teachings on humility, suggesting a reversal of worldly values where the humble, rather than the proud, are lifted high.

Another poignant example is in Luke 14:11, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” This was spoken in the context of choosing seats at a banquet, illustrating a practical application of humility in social settings.

Philippians 2:3-8 is not a direct quote from Jesus but a reflection of His teachings by Paul, emphasizing humility as a core Christian virtue, culminating in the example of Jesus Himself: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 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!”

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Humility is Counter-Cultural: In a world that often celebrates self-promotion and individual achievement, Jesus’ teachings on humility stand in stark contrast. The call to humility is a call to a different set of values, prioritizing others above oneself and seeking to serve rather than be served.
  2. Humility is Linked to Exaltation: Both in the teachings of Jesus and in the writings of the apostles, there is a paradoxical relationship between humility and exaltation. The path to true greatness and spiritual elevation passes through the low valley of humility, suggesting that the way up is down.
  3. Humility is Exemplified by Jesus: The ultimate example of humility is found in Jesus Himself, who, despite being God, chose to become human, serve, and even die a criminal’s death. This model challenges followers of Christ to adopt a similar attitude in their interactions with others, valuing service over status.


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