Four Keys to Speaking With Humility
Posted: Friday, November 4
Verse of the day:
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth - a stranger, not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:2)
We all want to be noticed. It’s not a matter of shy or outspoken. It is our nature to feed at the trough of recognition, but Christ re-identifies us. He teaches us that our greatest value isn’t the pursuit of smart, funny, or beautiful. Our value is in the grace-lined label Child of God. It’s simple. It’s life-changing.
But as one might expect from children, we don’t always get it right. Our words betray us. Matthew 12:37 warns, “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” Our pride escapes through our mouth. Perhaps if we took a second look at these words, we might capture our pride before it became airborne. Here’s four keys to speaking with humility…
Honesty. 98% truth feels like 100% of a lie. We must tell our stories with journalistic integrity. When we categorize people into villains and saints, pride becomes the author of fiction.
Authenticity. Clout is the enemy of authenticity. When we use our income, our heritage, or our education to distinguish ourselves above others, pride wins. Authenticity says, “I am the same as you.” Speak with a language of equality.
Integrity. Be your word. Don’t over promise or under promise. Let your words be heavy like bricks laid in mortar. If you say something today, it should still be true tomorrow.
Love. Let empathy color your language. Truth can be packaged in lilies or thorns, and pride never pauses to consider the difference. “How” you speak often trumps “what” you speak. Speak with love.