Friday, October 4, 2013

Thoughts on humility - part 4

This has been such an enlightening study, I hope it is helping you as much as it has me.  So far we have learned that humility is putting others first, have you tried that?  It's great!  And esteeming others better than yourselves, have you tried that, this is a little harder isn't it?  Then we need to learn to listen and not do all the talking, that takes care of the meek and quiet spirit and then to top it all off we learned that we need to be dead to self and to manifest kindness, respect, noble love, and generosity even to those whom we think are wicked people.

That was quite a study wasn't it, actually it was three studies and today we are going to learn not to be proud or boastful.  It is so easy to brag about something that we have accomplished and expect others to feel the same way, when they may not appreciate our bragging, they may see it as an ego trip or maybe something worse, when if we just let others form their own opinion about our accomplishments, we would probably feel a lot better about it. It would be quite a let down experience if it turned into a humiliating experience, so let's be careful about our boasting and our pride about our accomplishments.

Humility is a Christian grace and if we call ourselves Christians, then this grace will be part of our lives, will it not?

Humility is the road to honor, remember King Solomon when he became king, he prayed and asked God for an understanding heart that he might discern justice and because he was humble and only asked for an understanding heart to rule God's people well, God honored him with a wise and understanding heart and also with riches and honor.  See 1 Kings 3:11-18.  God honors those who are humble in spirit and who put others first.

Proverbs 22:4   "By humility and the fear of the Lord, are riches and honor and life."  Humility is such an important part of the Christian's life, I am overwhelmed with what I am learning and I am not through yet.  I surely hope you are being blessed too.  These studies have been short because they have been so deep for the heart and mind to grasp and put to practice, at least for most of us.  I have been praying over them, that I might take it all to heart and become a humble servant of Christ.  That is really what it is all about and what I really want to be.  How about you?  Are you willing to put self aside and humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, as the song goes.  I am and I hope that you feel the same way.  This is quite a journey, but we can travel it together and become what Christ wants us to be, can't we?  Grandma Joan

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