Re: Verse reading1 Samuel 9 & 10 (day three)

Is not my clan the least of all the clans?

Self-abasement is not the same thing as humility.  The former stems from a deep-seated despair that one’s inner defectiveness relegates him to a status of low regard in the eyes of others.  The latter comes from a wisdom that knows that one’s inner beauty will arouse impulses in him to use that beauty as a manipulative tool or an excuse for self-seeking, and that those impulses will be checked only by a regard for the welfare of others.  Self-abasement masquerades as humility for a while.  But humility will always welcome others.  Self-abasement will eventually blame others for one’s own despair.  The more power a person has, the deadlier the blame becomes.  Witness the life of the son of Kish.  There is no substitute for humility.


Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

2 thoughts on “Feign”

  1. Great topic! Self-abasement is self-exaltation and humility is-effacement. We all know that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Every sin results from the root of self-pride and unbelief.

    Humility is the opposite end of self-abasement. To be humble is not to make comparisons. We can never convince a self-abasing person that he or she is really doing a great job. Our sincere appreciation to a self-abasing person is unappreciated! A humble person demonstrates little ego or pride, and therefore not trying to elevate himself or herself in the eyes of others. He or she allows others to form their own judgments, positive or negative.

    Bragging about our greatness will result in disconnection with others. Humble leaders always earn respect and admiration from others. They will use their skills, experience and knowledge to attract and inspire followers, to bring people together and to contribute to organizational mission. Humility is the core ingredient in leadership.

    What Are Traits of Humble People? Please read below for your own pleasure.

    God is humble. As followers of Christ, we will strive for humble behaviors and will appreciate to have those humble folks around.

  2. A correction of my previous comment! It should read, “Self-abasement is self-exaltation and humility is self-effacement.”

    Thank you!

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