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Chapter 18 - Humility

The educational system tends to fill those who achieve with pride in accomplishment. The law that was given to Israel was used by the Pharisees to prove their “superiority". Pride causes blindness to truth, inhibits gratitude, and strains relationships. As my parents were both college graduates in the 1940s, they received a boost in pride from both their families and their church.

The presence of pride in one’s life is usually indicative of a distance from truth. One would hope that Christians (who claim closeness to God who is truth) would demonstrate humility. This is the means the Christian has of receiving continuing grace from God.

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. - James 4:6

One might define pride as using self as the measure of all things. If one can place “self” in correct position relative to God, one may begin to see how humility can be beneficial and inevitable. Humility also opens the door to the selflessness that is required for love.


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