Things God Loves: Humility

Philippians 2:3-4

James 4:10

humble = tapeinophrosýnē (greek)
from the root words meaning “low, humble” and “moderation as regulated by inner perspective.”

Proverbs 3:34

James 4:6-7

1Peter 5:5-6

Humility before God

Job 39:1-18 (reference only)

If we lack humility before God it’s because we don’t trust His goodness, His wisdom or His power.

Humility with Others

Humility: the feeling or attitude that you have no special importance that makes you better than others. ~Cambridge Dictionary

Luke 14:7-11

Humility of Self

Romans 12:3

Philippians 2:6-8

Things God Loves: Everyone

God loves everyone. (But he doesn’t love everyone the same.)

God has a providential love for his creation.
Matthew 5:45
God has a redemptive love for his fallen world.
John 3:16
“God loves the great totality of fallen human beings. All of them.” ~John Piper
Romans 5:8
God has a preferential love toward his chosen people.
Malachi 1:2-3
Romans 9:10-13
God has a conditional love toward his faithful ones.
John 15:9-10

Countering Objections to the statement God Loves Everyone…

If God loves EVERYONE, we ought to love EVERYONE, too.

Things God Loves: Us

Deuteronomy 7:16
Titus 2:14
John 16:17
1 John 3:1

Because God loves us, there are some things we can be sure of:

His love will keep us from condemnation.
John 3:16
His love will uphold us in upheaval.
Isaiah 54:10 NIV
His love will calm us in chaos.
Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
His love will deliver us from despair.
Psalm 109:21
His love will bring us hope in our hurting.
Romans 5:5
His love will reveal our reward.
Ephesians 2:4-7

If God loves us, then we’ve got to love us, too.
John 13:34-35

Prayer Areas:

How have I wounded a brother or sister in Christ?
Who do I need to forgive for wounding me?

Things God Loves: Me

Reasons we might struggle to know/believe God loves us:

We love with expectations.
We play the comparison game.
We trust our feelings more than than we should.
We don’t see the wisdom in God’s will.
We become our own worst enemy.

John 17:20-23
God loves me just as He loves Jesus
Romans 8:38-39
nothing can keep me from God’s love.

God loves me just as He loves Jesus,
and nothing can keep me from God’s love.
Not even ME.