I. Seven evidences of humility By Mike Bickle
A. Evidence #1: Teachable spirit—Being eager to learn from others and easy to correct. Humility is quick to hear or to be taught and is slow to speak or to correct and instruct others (Jas. 1:19). Pride seeks to quickly speak or teach others instead of being quick to be taught (or to hear). It is expressed in a condescending attitude with an inappropriate confidence that is not rooted in truth.
19Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath [anger]… (Jas. 1:19)
18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise…let him become a fool [one who sees their great need to learn] that he may become wise. (1 Cor. 3:18)
B. Evidence #2: Sees personal faults—Humility is quick to take responsibility for personal faults. Pride does not see personal faults—is defensive instead of being quick to acknowledge its errors.
6Not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (1 Tim. 3:6)
C. Evidence #3: Grateful spirit—Humility sees we are getting a better deal than we deserve (if all the information was considered). Pride complains much, feels mistreated, has a bitter spirit.
D. Evidence #4: Sees the value of others—Humility has a deep awareness of others. Everyone has an important story that involves their joy, pain, lack, gifts, and agenda. Pride is self-absorbed and distracted with much emotional traffic in seeking to manage many of our negative emotions.
E. Evidence #5: Kind with faults—Humility is kind and patient with the faults of others. It is not easily insulted, offended, or angered. Pride is quickly exasperated with the faults of others and easily offended and insulted. The measure of our anger is the measure of our unperceived pride.
F. Evidence #6: Does good in secret—Humility does good in secret because it first seeks approval and recognition from God instead of from people (Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18). We naturally draw attention to how devoted, smart, diligent, anointed, and generous we are (with money and time).
G. Evidence #7: Seeks the benefit of others—Humility uses its position of influence to benefit others instead of treating others roughly or bullying and intimidating them.
3In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4Let each of you look out…for the interests of others. 5Let this mind be in you which was in Christ… (Phil. 2:3-5)
23The poor man uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly. (Prov. 18:23)