When people think about humility, they tend to think of it as the opposite of arrogance. Biblically speaking, there is so much more to understand about humility. While Scripture does often contrast pride and humility, we also discover a rich subtext that helps broaden our perspective.
Humility is one of the most central themes in the Bible. This selection of Bible verses about humility helps to show us why God values this virtue so highly.
Jesus’ example of humility
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
“Not My will, but Yours be done.”.
“ whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
God’s humility in the Bible
( Philippians 2:6-8 )
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!
(2 Corinthians 8:9)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
(Romans 15:3 )
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me
“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
(1 Peter 5:5)
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
Humility has great reward in the kingdom of heaven
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.”
( Luke 14:11)
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
(1 Peter 5:6)
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
“The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.”
“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”