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Jesus, Our Example of Humility

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (John 13:3-5; KJV).

Humility is so important in our Christian Walk. “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). However, our passage from John 13 shows more than the humility of Jesus. It shows a major, necessary characteristic of a leader, that of having a servant’s heart. For me, the most wonderful part of this passage; however, is the illustration of the confidence Jesus had in his relationship with his Father. He could humble himself in a way that must have amazed his disciples. He could do this because he was so secure in himself, knowing who he was and the relationship, love and support he enjoyed in our God.

We love people but our security must be in God; he will never let us down (Heb 13:5). With our focus on him and our confidence in our relationship with him, Just like Jesus, we can do all things (Phil 4:13); we can walk as Jesus did.



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