How do we begin to humble ourselves?
Back in 2009 the Billy Graham Association shared a post that outlined 12 ways the believer can begin to humble his/herself. The first three suggested actions is what we will cover here. See the link at the bottom of the page for further study and to read the full 12.
Routinely confess your sin to God (Luke 18:9-14).
Looking in the mirror and acknowledging those things we see that don’t look like Jesus can be painful, but self evaluation is a necessity for every believer. The proper response to the brokenness we experience over our sin is repentance. Christian, there is freedom in confession of our sin to Jesus. The Lord gives us grace to acknowledge our inadequacy and see our deep need for Him.
Acknowledge your sin to others (James 3:2, James 5:16).
This is so powerful and freeing! Confessing our weaknesses to other trustworthy brothers and sisters in Christ is an active demonstration of humility before man. It also helps us to be less critical of others because we are always aware of our own helplessness to save ourselves or live righteous lives without Christ.
Take wrong patiently (1 Peter 3:8-17).
Patiently enduring wrong doing shows humility in that we are actively choosing love, mercy, and forgiveness. This is made easier when we are aware of the love, mercy, and forgiveness lavished upon us by God. We must extend the same forgiveness and patience Christ shows us to our brothers and sisters in Christ.