#6) Philippians 2:3

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves."


One of the most repeated themes throughout the Scriptures is that of humility. Philippians 2:3 tells us that a truly humble person actually consider others as more important than himself. He doesn't just say this, but his actions bear out what's in his heart. For example, if a driver cuts him off in heavy traffic, he lovingly yields to that (more important) driver, rather than becoming angry. The Bible promotes self-denial over self-assertion and self-promotion.

Humility is quiet. 1 Timothy 2:2 says that we should strive to "lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." In Exodus 14:14, Israel was told, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."

The evidence of a humble person will be evidenced in the way he talks. He will be quiet most of the time--more interested in hearing what the other person has to say. "He who restrains his words has knowledge" (Proverbs 17:27). "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19). "A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back" (Proverbs 29:11). "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent" (Proverbs 17:28).