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Humility before the Lord


Psalms 37:11

The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.
Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential;
not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the
world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame
the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised
things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you
are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is,
our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written:
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” d

Psalms 147:10-11

1Praise the Lord.

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

2The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.

3He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.

4He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.

5Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

6The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.

7Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp.

8He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain

and makes grass grow on the hills.

9He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.

10His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.

1 Peter 5:5-7

5In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves
to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility
toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,
that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety
on him because he cares for you.

8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him,
standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of
believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind
of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal
glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 5:5-7

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

1Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside
and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely
say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness,
how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything,
except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put
it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the
same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good
deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Romans 12 1-3

A Living Sacrifice

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to
God—this is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good,
pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of
yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with
sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each
of you. 4For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these
members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we, though many,
form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different
gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,
then prophesy in accordance with your a faith; 7if it is serving, then serve;
if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;
if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, b do it diligently;
if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted
to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking
in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with the Lord’s people who
are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those
who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes
of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with
everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath,
for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” d says the Lord.
20On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Proverbs 29:23

Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Luke 14:11

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble
themselves will be exalted.”

Isaih 66:2

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?”
declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.