This chapter is long and worthy of a few posts. It details how humility, grace and love can transform a destructively fierce woman to the fierce woman who God desires us to be. I want to take each one…as they have worked so deeply in my own heart and life and they can work in yours.
Fiercely humble. Seems a contradiction of terms. How can you have strength and insecurity? You can’t. See, we suffer from a very wrong definition of humility. If you google the term, a common definition is “a modest opinion of one’s self, deeds or actions.” By that definition…a fierce woman can never make herself modest. To try to force your thoughts, views, deeds and self into a lower opinion is just lying to yourself. It’s false humility.
True humility is having a right understanding of who I am in relation to who God is.
In light of Christ’s life and death on the cross, I have nothing of which to be proud of. I am not special in my gifts or abilities because they all have been tainted by sin…
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
(Isaiah 64:6 ESV)
It’s also only something I have in Christ.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)
It is this understanding that allows me to come to Christ, to seek His forgiveness and righteousness and to walk in it. As I daily live in that knowledge, I am learning to walk in humility. It’s the knowledge that I am dead and the life that I now live is Christ’s for the glory of God. I still fail. I still struggle with sin. I’m not perfect just because I’ve believed that the death and resurrection of Jesus is the payment of my sins. This is fierce humility. Holding firm to the truth of Christ, the love of God, the forgiveness of sins and the knowledge that I am not worthy of any of it but God first loved me. It’s being real and honest about struggles, pain, sin…and clinging to the righteousness of Christ alone.
Humility doesn’t grasp for, or demand control, but it gladly surrenders to the Master’s control. When we maintain a steady gaze on God, childlike humility permeates our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
Wagner, Kimberly (2012-08-24). Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior (p. 105). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.
It is only in embracing Christ, seeking forgiveness and faith that we can be free of lying to ourselves and begin the true path of humility. How can we surrender to that we do not trust in? But you can trust Him. He who loved us enough to give us His Son as our redemption and righteousness is completely trustworthy.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished (Rom 3:23-25 NIV).
Repent and believe in Him.