Summary: In this sermon, we explore the relationship between love and humility. The key to humble love is rightly viewing ourselves and rightly viewing others.
A. The story is told of a teenager who regularly babysat for her minister’s 5 year-old daughter.
1. One of their favorite things to do when she babysat was to play the card game “Go Fish.”
2. One evening, after winning several games, the little 5 year-old kept bragging about how good she was at the card game.
3. Jokingly, the teenager said, “I’m going to have to teach you a little humility.”
4. Immediately, the 5 year-old asked, “How do you play that game?”
B. Humility is not a game to be played, but is an aspect of love and life that we need to learn.
1. As you know, we are in a series where we are trying to learn how to make love a way of life.
2. We are trying to embrace the love that God has for us and then give that same kind of love to others.
3. We are learning that love is more than a feeling, and an attitude, love is actually what we do.
4. So far we have discovered that love must be kind, and patient and forgiving, for it to be love.
5. Today we want to explore the relationship between love and humility.
6. We want to learn what it means to have a love that is humble, a love that is not proud.
I. What the Bible Says about A Love that is Humble.
A. As we have done throughout the series, let’s begin with 1 Corinthians 13:
1. The Bible says: “Love…does not boast, it is not proud” (NIV, 1 Cor. 13:4b).
2. Other translations read like this:
a. ESV – “Love does not boast; it is not arrogant.”
b. NET – “Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.”
c. The Message – “Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head.”
3. So from this short simple verse, we understand that love doesn’t show-off or parade itself, it not pompous and does not sing its own praises.
4. Love does not put on airs and love does not over-estimate tis own importance.
B. There is a basic biblical principle that is echoed throughout the Bible that we must never forget: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Prov. 3:34; James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5).
1. If we want to walk with God and be helped and blessed by Him, then being humble must be our goal.
C. Several of the passages we have been looking at in this study of love also include humility as an important characteristic of a loving person.
1. For instance, Ephesians 4:2 says: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
a. Being completely humble is quite a goal, wouldn’t you say?!
2. Another passage we have looked at repeatedly is Colossians 3:12, which says: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
a. Just as we have discussed the need to be enveloped in kindness, and patience, we also need to be enveloped in humility.
b. This is our calling as followers of Jesus.
D. And just as we have seen in our other lessons about the characteristics of love, God also possesses this characteristic: Jesus is humble.