Now the great question being asked is: Is humility a human effort or supernatural ability?
Do we achieve humility on our own or it’s achieve by divine empowerment?
First of all, let’s analyze the word “humility” in the Greek.
“Tapeinophrosuné” is the Greek word translated “humility” in the New Testament and is pronounced “tap-i-nof-ros-oo’-nay” [Strong’s #5012]
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines “tapeinophrosuné” as:
1. Having a humble opinion of one’s self.
2. A deep sense of one’s (moral) littleness.
3. Modesty, humility, lowliness of mind.
We notice that all the definitions provided by Thayer’s Greek Lexicon suggest things of human effort.
So then we understand that for a man to be humble, he/ she has to work towards it. Humility requires our effort, just as love is the fruit of the spirit and requires our effort. Once we’re instructed to do it, then we have a role to play in it’s accomplishment.
The Grace of God is made available to us all to accomplish all things that pertain to life and our walk with God (John 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:9-10), however, the Grace of God doesn’t accomplish them solely.
If it were so, Peter wouldn’t write to the church of God instructing them to be humble (1 Peter 5:5-6), neither would we have proud believers in the body of Christ.
Humility is accomplished by our human efforts, fueled by the supernatural Grace of God.
Some scriptures on humility: