Learning and Living the God-centered life

One Biblical Doctrine at a time…

What are the chief characteristics of a humble man?

1) A humble person, no matter how much spiritual growth, he never forgets his former sinfulness and his outward, undeserving commonness.

2) A humble person overlooks his own righteousness, and looks and lives upon the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.

3) For a humble person no work or service is “too beneath” or “too humbling” for him.

4) A humble heart will submit to every truth of God that is made known (revealed) to it; even to those truths that most offend.

5) A humble person lives not upon Himself, but upon the sufficiency of Christ alone.

6) A humble person prizes the least of Christ: the least smile, the least good word from him, the least good mercy from him, etc. She is thankful for a crumb from the table if she cannot get all of the Manna.

7) The humble heart can never be content to pray enough, hear enough, mourn enough, believe enough, love enough, fear God enough, joy enough, repent enough, loathe sin enough, nor be humble enough!

8) A humble person seeks to smite and mortify both great and “small” sins.

9) A humble person quietly bears burdens and takes blows, and will receive disrespect and dishonor and make no noise.

10) A humble heart withdraws all strength and credit from Christ alone.

11) A humble person desires to honor and glorify God in afflictions rather than seeking to get out of afflictions.

12) A humble person seeks not great things of this world; looks not after great things.

13) A humble person rejoices in the growth in grace that they see in other Christians, as much as they rejoice in their own.

14) A humble person will never disdain to be taught by a fool, someone beneath them in dignity, one less learned, and even one who doesn’t truly care for him.

15) A humble heart is a constantly thankful heart.

“A humble heart cannot be satisfied with so much grace as to bring him to glory, with so much heaven as will keep him from dropping into hell; he is still crying out, ‘Give, Lord, give! Give me more of yourself; more of your Son; more of your Spirit; more of your light, more life, more love.” – Thomas Brooks