That acronym has become very well known. It was started in the 1990’s by a youth pastor in Michigan. She made bracelets with those letters on them to encourage the youth in her group to think proactively about how they lived. It stands for “What Would Jesus Do?”
Well, what WOULD Jesus do?
He would certainly be loving, truthful, holy, sacrificial and compassionate.
He would also be humble.
First, he taught about it: “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).
Second, he demonstrated it. When he appeared on earth “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8).
Was it pleasant hanging on a bloody cross? No. But he did it for the benefit of you and me!
One of the best things you can do for your relationships is to be humble. That applies whether we’re talking about friendships, dating, marriage, siblings, whatever.
Francis and Lisa Chan write: “If two people make it their goal to imitate the humility of Christ, everything else will take care of itself.”*
Don’t rush to be right. Don’t argue to win. Don’t clap when others flop.
Today you’re going to face something which will require a response of godly integrity.
Rush to be kind. Be quick to listen. Speak with honesty. Love first.
Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
–*Francis Chan and Lisa Chan, You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity (San Francisco: Claire Love Publishing, 2014), 68.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.