10 Definitions of Humility by Andrew Murray


1. Humility is perfect quietness of heart.

2. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.

3. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised.

4. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.

5. Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.

6. Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.

7. Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.

8. Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue.

9. Humility is the path to death, because in death it gives the highest proof of its perfection.

10.Humility is the blossom of which death to self, is the perfect fruit.

Amazing ideas about humility from a wise man.

Do you agree with any of these? How do you define humility?

Betsy and Laurie

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  1. sustainabilitea
    July 26, 2013 at 7:05 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, these are all wonderful, but #3 struck me immediately. Thanks for sharing them. Lots of food for thought and prayer here.

    Blessings on your weekend.


  2. Beth Bingaman
    July 26, 2013 at 7:42 am (6 years ago)

    #2 concerns me a little. It is in examining why others might have come against us that we may see some sin that without reflection or examination, we miss it. We are often blind to our own sin and God may use another person to bring it to light.

    • kathryn
      July 26, 2013 at 11:27 am (6 years ago)

      #2 troubled me as well. I need to hear from others. My words or actions can and do leave a ‘gaping hole’ in someone’s heart. Seeking wise counsel, I learn things about myself. I have ways in me that need to be examined. Many things to change.
      To “feel” nothing done against me. God does not say “be numb”. The Psalms are filled with harsh, strong feelings and emotions about enemies. And! why God remains silent in the midst of our darkest times. Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, there is a great deal to learn from voicing lament.
      There is always better way to think, to behave; Scripture reveals itself over a lifetime. I want to be open to learn. For I am a slow learner.
      ( and Andrew Murray, may be thinking about this in a way we cannot fully understand – as he is not here to explain).

  3. whisperingleavesblog
    July 26, 2013 at 9:38 am (6 years ago)

    I had not read this before, thank you for the opportunity to do so. I think that humility is the good soil where the good seed germinates well. I think Beth raises a good point, but humility and stillness go hand in hand, with humility raising no argument when a fault is pointed out we are in the right place for The Lord to deal with it. Jesus has left his peace with us, true humility makes us so open to the Holy Spirit that we are conscious of his direction in every respect…. Please forgive too many words.

  4. Juliann
    July 26, 2013 at 9:39 am (6 years ago)

    #3 is resonating with me – thanks for these words

  5. Katharine Trauger
    July 26, 2013 at 9:57 am (6 years ago)

    Truly cherish this, especially #4. Thanks so much!

  6. bwebbjr
    July 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Great definitions of humility … I love the writings of Andrew Murray!

  7. remnantrefuge
    January 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Andrew Murray was truly gifted in his appreciation of that which is holy. Thank you for this posting and hats off to you both!


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