LOWLY: 1. humble in feeling, behavior or status 2. modest; unpretentious 3. evolved to only a slight degree
“…thus says the Lord God, ‘Remove the turban and take off the crown; this will no longer be the same. Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high (Ezekiel 21:26, NAS).”
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls (Matthew 11:29, KJV).”
“I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit… (Isaiah 57:15, NAS).”
“For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar (Psalm 138:6, NAS).”
There was a point where the Lord was speaking to me, “Associate with the lowly.” I wondered if He was referring to my prison ministry or people in general. Suddenly I realized that it was a word letting me know that I am the lowly. As He is the high and lifted One, He lowered Himself to be as lowliness like mankind, with mankind, to show mankind how to humble ourselves one to another. Basically, He became like you and me, the lowly, so that we could become like Him, highly exalted and favored by God!
Since I am the lowly, I can keep that image in the forefront of my mind when the flesh in which I dwell wants to arise, lie to me, and deceive me into thinking that I am even one ounce better than someone else. Knowing this and understanding this concept, it makes it all the easier to forgive someone before they form an offense against me, and to reach out to people in any walk of life no matter how much it may not appeal to me outside of Christ.
For instance, I hear all too regularly how people are having a hard time forgiving a parent, child, boss, friend, neighbor, etc. for abusing, neglecting, rejecting or harming them in some way. They say that they would not be in such a bad place had that person done better by them. Since their unforgiveness is a result of judgment, now they are having a hard time repenting of both the judgment and unforgiveness which leaves them in an even deeper mess than what the offender initially did. I am referring to people claiming to walk with God, not the ones in the world.
There can be no walk with God without forgiveness and removal of judgment. I have taught repeatedly on this matter. It is vital to understand and practice forgiveness daily. My point is this: when you, the follower of Christ, can truly begin to see yourself through the eye (single vision) of God, you will begin to realize that you are no better than the one who hurt you. You are also no better than anyone who doesn’t walk a close walk with God. It is an extremely difficult concept to accept, yet it is without a doubt a key element in a successful Christ-like life. Instead of saying ad nauseum how a person wronged you or how they are simply wrong in their life in general, start saying how gracious Yeshua has been to spare your life when you were not walking correctly.
Hope you’ll stay tuned for the continuation of this post!
Peace and blessings,
Alexys V. Wolf
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