Let's Talk About Humility

by Samantha Tidball

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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Philippians 2:1-11


2 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:

Though he was in the form of God,
        he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
But he emptied himself
        by taking the form of a slave
        and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
        he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
        even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly honored him
        and gave him a name above all names,
10     so that at the name of Jesus everyone
        in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
11         and every tongue confess
            that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Key Passage:

Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. —Philippians 2:3



Humility and submission are not the same thing. Putting others’ needs above our own doesn’t mean we allow them to take advantage of us. The type of Christlike humility Paul expressed is about not thinking of ourselves as better than others. The moment we start to think we are better than someone else, we have opened the door to all kinds of evil. When Paul expressed the need for unity to the Philippians, he didn’t mean they all had to think the exact same way. Instead he meant for them to work together with humility. This type of humility has to do with seeing one another as equals. Paul illustrated this type of humility and respect through the person of Jesus Christ who is our best model.


Questions to Discuss:

How does a person practice humility without allowing others to take advantage?

How have you seen selfishness lead to abuse?

How do you think Jesus remained humble even though he has equality with God?

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