Daily Archives: April 24, 2008

Humbleness is Left Untasted


from here

Lavishly our lives are wasted
Humbleness is left untasted
You can’t live your life to please yourself, yeah
That’s a tip from my mistake
Exactly what it doesn’t take
To win you’ve got to come in last place
To live your life you’ve got to lose it
And all the losers get a crown
Strong’s Number:  5012 tapeinofrosu/nh
Original Word Word Origin
  tapeinofrosu/nh   from a compound of (5011) and the base of (5424)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
  Tapeinophrosune   tap-i-nof-ros-oo’-nay  
Parts of Speech TDNT
  Noun Feminine   8:1,1152

  1. the having a humble opinion of one’s self
  2. a deep sense of one’s (moral) littleness
  3. modesty, humility, lowliness of mind 




 Translated Words
  KJV (7) – humbleness of mind, 1; humility, 3; humility of mind, 1; lowliness, 1; lowliness of mind, 1;NAS (7) – humility, 4; humility of mind, 1; self-abasement, 2;
From Naves topical bible here
Torrey’s Topical Textbook here (a very good condensed verse index)
Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Humility:.A prominent Christian grace (Romans 12:3; 15:17,18; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7; 2co 3:5; Phil 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Peter 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Psalms 69:32,33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).


Christ has set us an example of humility (Phil 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lamentations 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Proverbs 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Psalms 147:6; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5).

 It is a “great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory.”


1Peter 3:8 – To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

 1Peter 5:5 – You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Psalm 138:6 For though the LORD is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.



Proverb 3 :34Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.


 What struck me about humility is:
We are supposed to think more highly of others than we do ourselves.
But do we?
My answer would be: NO
What is our first thoughts when we see someone not dressed like us?
or not driving a nice car? or having a bit different temperament than us?
We see someone with a tattoo or a guy with long hair?
Or we know people who are foolish with their money, time or their jobs or don’t keep their house as clean as ours?
Our fleshly reaction; to look down on them, to high less of them than of ourselves, we think we would do much better in their circumstances, that we would not look or act different like ‘those people’.
Even if we claim to be christian, contrite of heart, sinner through and though, in need of a Savior,
 we still really do not have a deep sense of our own moral littleness.
Let us ask God to give us humility, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to sympathetic, brotherly and kindhearted.
Be blessed, Kristina