Walking Humbly With God & Others
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Our world is moving so fast. So many are pushing and shoving others to get what they want or think they need in life. Others have become indifferent to other people, never really seeing their needs. It seems at times we can’t really trust anyone. Too often we feel we have to be as the world, pushing and shoving to survive. Yet to walk humbly as a child of God we cannot allow this world to hinder our walk as a Christian.
What do I mean “to walk”? The definition of walk means to move at a pace slower than a run or in this instance “One’s conduct in life.”
Our conduct in life is either as a Christian or a non-Christian.
Romans 8:4-5, and 1 says “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, we walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
Verse 1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”
So how do we keep from having the attitude and state of mind the world has? What are the characteristics we need to walk humbly with God and those around us?
1. We must seek the Spirit of God and invite Him into our heart and lives. We cannot within ourselves walk humbly. Only through the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit living within us can we walk humbly toward God and others.
Ephesians 3:14-20 says, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; (within our hearts and spirits) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Only through Christ and the Holy Spirit living within us are we able to walk humbly. We must invite the Lord and the Holy Spirit to come dwell in us so we can walk filled with the goodness of God thereby being able to walk through this life with a humble and loving attitude.
2. We must have integrity which means to be honest and truthful. Our word needs to mean something first to ourselves and then to others. We must have a mindset that when we say something, promise something, we are going to do all we can to honor our word. Only then do others see us as having integrity. Without it we cannot influence others to Christ.
1 Kings 9:4-5 – And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, “You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”
I Thessalonians 4:11-12 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
As a Christian we should always do our best to do what is right, to pay our debts, and to keep our word. When we do these things we show integrity and others view us as being honest, which is a good testimony for Christ.
3. We must walk in peace with ourselves and secondly we must walk peacefully with others.
Peace: a feeling of completeness and well-being.
Where does real peace come from? Within ourselves we have no peace but through Christ we can live and walk in peace within ourselves and with others.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing (don’t worry for anything); but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Keep your mind clear of negative thoughts, dwell on the good found in Christ. Look for the good in others and the situations we face in life. Everybody and everything isn’t all bad. If we look at others with a loving and forgiving heart we can find good in whatever situation we are in. Trust God always. Our faith in Him will carry us through the darkest of situations.
We should live peacefully with others.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
Romans 12:17-19 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto (turn away from) wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
I Timothy 2:1-3
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.
4. We must love God and others. Not with a superficial love but with a deep abiding love that only comes from knowing Christ and having Him dwell within our hearts.
Real Godly Love is: Sacrificial love, a kind naturally expressed by God. (Having compassion, gentleness, kindness, giving of yourself for the benefit of another). Christ being our example.
Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
We must love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind; and we must cultivate a personal relationship with Him which increases our bond and love for Him.
I John 4: 18-21, 7 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
This is not just our physical brother but our brother in Christ. Also, Christ wants us to love all and have compassion for all. How else can we win anyone to Christ without showing love and compassion?
Verse 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
These are some of the Characteristics of a Christian who is walking humbly with God and others. I encourage you to search the Word of God for yourselves for the meaning of integrity, peace, and love. Only through our study and mediation of the Word of God can we learn to walk humbly with God and others.
God is Love and His love living within us brings a peace beyond explanation. I so look forward to one day walking into heaven and resting in that complete wonderful peace and love that I know in my heart waits for me there. Until then may the Love of God live within us all, causing us to walk humbly with God and others, giving us a peace that can only be found in walking humbly with God and others.
May the Lord bless each of you today and always.~Jeanette