The Essence of Humility in the Bible and Today

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If we are going to talk about humility in the Bible, we should start with a definition.

What is humility? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary,
Definition of humility:
  1. freedom from pride or arrogance
  2. the quality or state of being humble
Basically, not considering yourself “too important” to:
  • get involved and help others
  • Do ‘servants work’
  • Step out of your comfort zone for someone else’s benefit
  • Ask for help
  • Trust God
Sounds simple enough, right? (ahem..famous last words, anyone?)
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The Essence of Humility in the Bible and Today

Another great Devotional from Celebrate Lit, Essence of Humility is an interesting read.
Filled with stories of humility in the Bible, as well as present-day examples, Humility takes shape in a way we can choose to follow.
The simple but sometimes uncomfortable acts of kindness…
Resting in faith instead of dwelling on the hazards around you…
Waiting for an honorable spouse, even if they aren’t the youngest, most fit, fun and socially acceptable individual you could catch…
Aromas in the Bible have more significance and meaning than the average 21st century Christian understands. The author has done her research well, and has paired essences we are familiar with, with both modern and biblical examples that will help you grasp the true essence of humility in the Bible all over again.
I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the last, I’m guessing because I need more work in the area of humility than I do for joy!
 Because of my reaction, I recommend this book to anyone who cares about how well they are loving those around them. In action, not just words.

Stories of Humility in the Bible

There are so many great stories of humility in the Bible, and Esscence of Humility covers several. There are the obvious ones like Ruth and Naomi, and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.
Then there are other stories of humility in the Bible, like the mom who had to choose between letting another woman steal her infant, and having the baby cut in half with a sword. As I sit here and rock my baby, I can’t even imagine! I doubt she was thinking “what is humility going to do here?” But she chose humility and love, and has been remembered for around 3,000 years now!
*if you want a great kids version of this particular story, see the “Untold Stories” book here.

Examples of Humility in the Bible

Did you ever consider pruning as one of the examples of humility in the Bible? Well, I hadn’t, really. But it takes humility to accept pruning, and benefit from it.
This book has helped me connect the dots here. I have been in a season of pruning for a few years, without realizing it. I have run to God about my problems, and done what I could (or thought I should) to sort it out, and make improvements.

Figuring out that wasn’t the answer, and taking the time to be still, and know that I am God, has brought me to a turning point. The chapter on the grapevine Esscence is remarkable!

Or another one of the great examples of humility in the Bible highlighted here, is the chapter on Coriander, where the Israelites had to be taught humility with the Manna.

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About the Book


Picnic scene on the Essence of humility book cover Title: The Essence of Humility

Author: Lynn U. Watson

Genre: Devotional

Release date: January, 2019

We live in a culture overwhelmed with disrespect, egos, entitlement, rudeness, and offense — lives focused on self, rather than God or others.

The Bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13. Every descriptive word included in the list whispers humility.

Patience — humility Kindness — humility

Not rude — humility Not arrogant — humility

Rejoices in truth — humility No envious or boastful — humility

Not irritable — humility Keeps no record of wrong — humility

Jesus entered our world and walked among us. He placed no importance on rank or position. Jesus life reflected love because it reflected humility, and He invites us to live and love like Him.

Journey with our hostess, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends at The Coffee Cottage. They lead us on a journey to meet real life people — our contemporaries and those on the pages of God’s word, who encountered the same real life challenges you and I face each day. Learn the blessings of a life lived like Jesus lived —- with love and humility.


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About the Author

Lynn Watson, Author Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage, was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.


Guest post from Lynn

My first lesson in humility for Volume 3 of Cinnamah-Brosia’s Inspirational Collection came from an assumption. Right. Those are never a grand idea.

When God spoke to me about writing this book, he clearly gave me the subject: Love. I immediately headed to 1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter of the Bible. Of course the book’s title would be The Essence of Love. The end material of The Essence of Joy announced the new “Love” title coming in 2018.

And God laughed. I read 1 Corinthians 13 over and over again. It whispered “humility” over and over again. I called my dear friend – the one I consult with on every one of these books – and said, “You know what? Listen to this. Love is patient – humility. Love is kind – humility. And Love is not arrogant – humility. You get the idea. Every single line of this beautiful passage comes down to the barest bones: humility.”

We both laughed a little, too. And we thanked God He clarified His instructions.

To live and love like Jesus requires us to humbly trust God and to humbly serve others.

In Philippians 2, the Apostle Paul presents a lengthy discourse on the humility of Christ. It begins like this:


If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

~Philippians 2:1-4 (HCSB)


The title morphed to The Essence of Humility. 

I placed the focus on common everyday botanicals and plants – those familiar to us today – for this third volume in the collection. The fun came as I dug the plants from Scripture. I pray you enjoy the connections as much as I did uncovering them and connecting them to Jesus’ life, and to a whole list of characters who lived on the pages of the Bible, along with our contemporaries here in the 21st century.

Thank you for choosing The Essence of Humility. So very many titles out there shout to be read. I am humbled for you to spend time with me here. I have prayed for every one of you.


Copyright 2018, Lynn U. Watson


Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, January 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 25

Splashes of JoyJanuary 25

A Reader’s Brain, January 26

Bibliophile Reviews, January 27

A Baker’s Perspective, January 28

Creating Romance, January 29

Mary Hake, January 29

Aryn The LibraryanJanuary 30

Texas Book-aholic, January 30

Older & Smarter?, January 31

The Becca Files, February 1

Godly Book Reviews, February 1

Pause for Tales, February 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 2

Janices book reviews, February 3

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 4

Through the Lens of ScriptureFebruary 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 6

Bigreadersite, February 6


Giveaway prizes

To celebrate her tour, Lynn is giving away a grand prize of a wire basket that includes a hand-stamped “Gratitude, Kindness, Humility, Love” spoon necklace, Hillhouse Naturals fresh Linen hand lotion, locally hand-crafted Lavender-Eucalyptus body and foot scrub, embroidered “Love One Another” hand towel (nice ‘n soft), cozy Chamomile herbal tea, and a paperback copy of The Essence of Humility!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

11 Comments on “The Essence of Humility in the Bible and Today”

  1. Sounds like an interesting read! I have never examined each descriptor in the Love verses to see humility as the connector. I love it!

  2. I’ve been putting together a list of books to read for 2019 and The Essence of Humility is definitely going on it! Great review and looking forward to reading it!

    1. Yes! That is great to hear ? It definitely answers ‘what is humility’ in very practical and helpful ways!

    1. That is so neat (and sometimes scary) how God communicates by bringing the same thing to our attention over and over in different ways!

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