October 10 – The Humility of Love

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The Humility of Love

“Behold what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” –I John 3:3

My daughter is your typical, messy 2-year old; and generally, during the process of cleaning her up, I get a little dirty, myself. Now, if I don’t help her and ignore the mess, I’ll stay clean – but she’ll remain filthy. Essentially, I must sacrifice my cleanliness and risk getting dirty in order to clean her.

And it occurred to me: How much more does God have to humble Himself to help us? Psalm 113:6 says He “humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!” Does He not stoop just to interact with us? This is probably what the psalmist was meditating on when he uttered “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4)

Certainly though, He knew that humbling Himself was the only means of reconciliation between man and Creator. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). But a God Who could willingly lower Himself to meet our greatest need probably doesn’t consider it condescending or dishonorable – He probably calls it “love.”

Submitted by Emily Ertley

Daily Reading: Matthew 1-4

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