Humility | Doorways, Not Doormats

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6

Humility Doorways, not Doormats

Humility. What is it anyway? If I’m humble, do I have to roll over and play second fiddle to everyone, all the time? Too often humility has been misunderstood as a negative character trait. I would like to help you get a clear biblical perspective on what humility is and what it is not. Humility isn’t thinking less of your-self; it’s thinking more of God and of others. In other words, humility isn’t about putting our-selves down, but rather, about glorifying God and affirming others.

Consider Jesus. He left His place of highest honor in heaven in or­der to become a man, flesh and blood, here on earth. However, He didn’t tear himself down or deny that He was a person of value and importance. What He did do is lift others up through His humility and show them how valuable they were to God.

So, you see, humility isn’t about being a doormat; it’s about being a doorway–a doorway through which others enter into the presence and power of God. By focusing on building others up and help­ing others connect with God, we show them the love of God, who desires the best for them.

Think about how you can strive to put others’ interests ahead of your own. I challenge you to show others in your home, your offices, or even in the checkout line at the market, how you and God value them. A good way to begin is by asking yourself what Jesus would do if he were in your place.

– Steve Arterburn

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. – Abraham Lincoln



  1. Janice Haywood October 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I’m not going into detail. I’ve been humble, forgiving and although I miss the mark quite a bit obedient. But my mama is still being exploited. My brother and cousin are reaping the benefits. Every agency I call my cousin refers to my mental illness and my true accusations are dismissed. I’m angry, hurt, I have no money to fight for my mother to be placed in a decent home for Alzheimer’s patients. I’ve isolated for 6 days. I can’t take no more. I’m lonely even when I pray. I suck!

  2. Kitfany July 2, 2014 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I have too often been told that I am a doormat. I have been looking over my life and discovered that in almost every situation, no matter how loving and giving I am, I have often fallen prey to being totally disrespected, and often physically and mentally abused. I have come to realize that I am inwardly angry and unhappy and I want to change. Recently, I have made a decision to disengage from several people in my life who have been cruel without cause… I have taken up for myself in not allowing those who did not have my best interest at heart – but rather to use, and to look down upon me because I have been forgiving and open hearted. I feel a little concerned about this change, and I do pray for these individuals – however, I can’t go on living a life that does not seem worth living by people pleasing, co-dependent behavior and depression. I would appreicate your comments. God bless you, and thank you.

    • Godsbabygirl December 22, 2014 at 6:01 am - Reply

      Good for you. I too have struggled with people pleasing. My prayer has been answered in reading this article.

  3. Robin Foy July 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Janice Hayward. Please don’t be discouraged! People out here care about you! Please get together with a group! NAMBA or something. Tell someone at church how lonely u feel! I will pray for you my dear! Love u! Hang in there! God Bless!

  4. Robin Foy July 28, 2015 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Dear Kitfany.. You don’t have to be a doormat! Read Boundaries. by Townsend and other good books about setting healthy boundaries.

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