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Seeking Wisdom, Day 21 – The Power of Humility

March 7, 2016

:We have glanced at pride (Seeking Wisdom, Day 16 – Where Pride Goes). Now let’s look at the opposite side of the coin, humility. Definitions for humility include selflessness, meekness, modesty, unpretentiousness. Standing on the opposite side of pride is humility, concerned with what is right rather than who is right. Pride has me as the subject, for with pride I am always right, but humility asks what – what is true, what do you think, what is right. Pride speaks out. Humility listens.

Christians believe humility is the state of mind most pleasing to God. Humility does not mean to think less of oneself, for we have all been chosen, but to think of yourself less, to place yourself among others to see what you have in common, and to appreciate the differences.

Proverbs 21:2 tells us, “People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines our heart. Paul said in Corinthians 13:12 now we see “through a glass darkly, then we will see everything with perfect clarity.” God sees us all with perfect clarity now and continues to love us, imperfect as we are. We cannot see ourselves clearly, nor can we see others. Our vision is not 20/20 and there are no corrective lenses without the surrounding humility that allows us to see further. Humility makes us patient, and humility colors over our pride. It preserves our soul and keeps us from making false judgments. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 25:9 reminds us that God leads the humble in doing right. God teaches us His way. True humility is staying teachable, regardless of how much we think we know. Jesus said, “The son of man came, not to be served, but to serve others.”  (Mark 10:45) Jesus served. He continued, reminding us, “Many who are the greatest now will be the least important then. Those who seem least important now will be he greatest then. This is the power of humility.

Pride changed angels into devils, but humility makes men like the angels. Humility is the foundation of a Christian life. You were taught the true prayer of humility at your mother’s knee along with your first few words. “Thank you.” Do you remember to say, “Thank you,” as much as you can?  Try again, and, with a big hug,  I “Thank you” for reading this blog.


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