Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
When Jesus was about to be arrested, Peter made a stand, but Jesus said this: “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” (Matthew 26:53-54)
Jesus demonstrates something extraordinary; He associates His decision not to retaliate with a purpose of seeing the scriptures fulfilled. Awesome!!
Jesus “allows” himself to be arrested, so that the scriptures are fulfilled. Jesus “allows” himself to be the living sacrifice so that all mankind can be saved from a lost eternity.
Humility is not about good behaviour. Humility is about decisions associated to a purpose in the Kingdom of our almighty God.
Paul writes in Collosians – Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence (Colossians 2:23)
Love this. Humility enables restraint in decision making. Yes I can retaliate, but I choose not to because my focus is achieving a greater purpose.
This understanding of Humility explains “turn the other cheek”; its not about being a doormat, it’s about the greatest form of worship to God – submitting our freewill for His will.