Don’t confuse humility with weakness. A person can be in a position of weakness, or forced into submission, and still not have humility. Humility only comes when there is a decision of the will. A strong will can be a positive thing (such as pushing through challenges), but sometimes, the challenge is on the negative side. It can be when pride encourages our will to resist the Lord’s authority in certain areas of our life.
Consider the Roman commander that sent messengers to Jesus with a request for Him to heal his servant. The officer said he wasn’t worthy for Jesus to enter his home, but asked Him to simply speak the words and it would be so. The interesting part is how he framed the request:
“Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word and my servant will be healed. For…
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