Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
"All of you be . . . humble in mind." (1 Peter 3:8)
To be God’s friends, we must be “humble in mind.” (Psalm 138:6) The importance of humility is shown in an illustration found in Judges chapter 9. The olive tree, the fig tree, and the vine represented worthy individuals who did not seek to rule over their fellow Israelites. But the bramble represented the kingship of proud Abimelech, a murderer eager to dominate others. Abimelech met an untimely death. (Judges 9:8-15, 22, 50-54) How much better it is to be “humble in mind”! In the first century C.E., when Herod Agrippa was giving a public address, the crowd cried out: “A god’s voice, and not a man’s!” Herod did not reject such adulation, and Jehovah’s angel struck him so that he died a terrible death “because he did not give the glory to God.” (Acts 12:20-23) What if we are somewhat skilled as a speaker or a teacher of Bible truths? Then let us credit God for what he allows us to do. (1 Corinthians 4:6, 7; James 4:6)
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 2:9, 10)
*humbleness is such a rare quality because most people tend to underestimate the value of it or mistake it for a sign of weakness or low self esteem ... when in fact, its just the opposite. It takes a great deal of mental strength and self control to be humble, especially in the presence of those who are not. The basic dictionary definition of the word 'humble' is: Not proud, haughty, arrogant, assertive, or pretentious. How many people enjoy being around individuals that display those qualities? More importantly, how easy is it to get along and work with an individual who has those negative traits? The following article makes for a really good self-examination, based on what Jesus taught his disciples about humbleness and how they could cultivate that type of attitude. Even the apostles had big issues with this...right up to the night before Jesus' death! A person can have all the talent and ability in the world, but if they aren't humble, they arent TEACHABLE.
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