Twelve Ways to Humble Yourself

By   •   July 14, 2009

  1. Routinely confess your sin to God (Luke 18:9-14). All of us sin and fall short of the glory of God. However, too few of us have a routine practice of rigorous self-honesty examination. Weekly, even daily, review of our hearts and behaviors, coupled with confession to God, is an essential practice of humility.
  2. Acknowledge your sin to others (James 3:2, James 5:16). Humility before God is not complete unless there is also humility before man. A true test of our willingness to humble ourselves is willingness to share with others the weaknesses we confess to God. Wisdom, however, dictates that we do so with others that we trust.
  3. Take wrong patiently (1 Peter 3:8-17). When something is unjust we want to react and rectify it. However, patiently responding to the unjust accusations and actions of others demonstrates our strength of godly character and provides an opportunity to put on humility.
  4. Actively submit to authority…the good and the bad (1 Peter 2:18). Our culture does not value submission; rather it promotes individualism. How purposely and actively do you work on submission to those whom God has placed as authorities in your life? Doing so is a good way to humble yourself.
  5. Receive correction and feedback from others graciously (Proverbs 10:17, 12:1). In the Phoenix area, a local East valley pastor was noted for graciously receiving any negative feedback or correction offered. He would simply say “thank you for caring enough to share that with me, I will pray about it and get back to you.” Look for the kernel of truth in what people offer you, even if it comes from a dubious source. Always pray, “Lord, what are you trying to show me through this?”
  6. Accept a lowly place (Proverbs 25:6,7). If you find yourself wanting to sit at the head table, wanting others to recognize your contribution or become offended when others are honored or chosen, then pride is present. Purpose to support others being recognized, rather than you. Accept and look for the lowly place; it is the place of humility.
  7. Purposely associate with people of lower state than you (Luke 7:36-39). Jesus was derided by the Pharisees for socializing with the poor and those of lowly state. Our culture is very status conscious and people naturally want to socialize upward. Resist the temptation of being partial to those with status or wealth.
  8. Choose to serve others (Philippians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Matthew 23:11). When we serve others, we are serving God’s purposes in their lives. Doing so reduces our focus on ourselves and builds the Kingdom of God. When serving another costs us nothing, we should question whether it is really servanthood.
  9. Be quick to forgive (Matthew 18: 21-35). Forgiveness is possibly one of the greatest acts of humility we can do. To forgive is to acknowledge a wrong that has been done us and also to further release our right of repayment for the wrong. Forgiveness is denial of self. Forgiveness is not insisting on our way and our justice.
  10. Cultivate a grateful heart (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The more we develop an attitude of gratitude for the gift of salvation and life He has given us, the more true our perspective of self. A grateful heart is a humble heart.
  11. Purpose to speak well of others (Ephesians 4:31-32). Saying negative things about others puts them “one down” and us “one up.” Speaking well of others edifies them and builds them up. Make sure, however, that what you say is not intended as flattery.
  12. Treat pride as a condition that always necessitates embracing the cross (Luke 9:23). It is our nature to be proud and it is God’s nature in us that brings humility. Committing to a lifestyle of daily dying to ourselves and living through Him is the foundation for true humility.

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  1. art Payton says:

    I’m just wanted to learn how to truly make peace with the God of Israel in whom I’d been only been committed to for a long period of my life and I am 63 now with a few prideful hangups which seems to be hereditary it hard to shake free and I am ashamed of myself, the shame is got me at a standstill.

    1. Leigh Quinn says:

      Mr. Art Payton
      Thank you for your beautiful confession of weakness to sin. God knows that you are unable to help yourself that’s why He came here in the flesh and died on the cross that you might have life and life more abundantly. Instead of feeling ashamed accept and acknowledge that you are a sinners( Confess). Ask the Lord to come into your heart and heal you from the sickness of sin. Remember it’s not enough just to stop sinning, we must repent or turn away from that life style. Then, find a bible based church and join. God bless you and thank you for helping me in my walk with Christ.

  2. marq..mbiu says:

    i thank God for this info..
    i’m struggling quite a bit in my salvation n i just didn’t know what humbling is..i would use it ever so often but today i felt God asking me what it meant to be humble..and i didnt know what to say..
    after reading this i’m taken aback..i didn’t know it meant so’s challenging but i know God has led me to this coz He knows that if i choose to, He will give me the strength n courage to do each one..thank you.
    be blessed.

  3. Kiran Angom says:

    A powerful message indeed.I am so blessed to have read it

  4. Jess San says:

    A good reminder of where I need touch ups in my life, Thank you Jesus!

  5. Jerrine says:

    Excellent, excellent resource! Thank you so much!!

  6. Valerie C says:

    i struggle with many things. such as patients, true forgivness, and reaction when something is unjust wrongly done to me or about me… I need Jesus more than I think I do. i just want Him to be proud of me. i know I can do it. I just want to do his will for my life…

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Valerie,
      Consider visiting to talk with a member of our team about how you can find peace with God who loves you.