Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
"In brotherly love have tender affection for one another." (Romans 12:10)
All who wish to progress spiritually must manifest a humble spirit as Paul did. He exhorted fellow Christians to do "nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind considering that the others are superior to you." (Philippians 2:3) How can we follow that counsel? One way is by cooperating with the elders in our congregation, following their direction and upholding judicial decisions made by them. (Hebrews 13:17) Another way is by highly esteeming all our brothers and sisters in the faith. The congregations of Jehovah's people are often composed of individuals of diverse national, cultural, racial, and ethnic backrounds. Should we, though, not learn to treat all with impartiality and affection, as Paul did? (Acts 17:26) We are encouraged to "welcome one another just as the Christ also welcomed us, with glory to God in view." —Romans 15:7.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 5:19)
At the end of chapter 3 in the Come Be My Follower book, it makes a very pointed statement in regards to haughtiness, (which is the very opposite of humility).
"Haughtiness...is a quality that can render the most gifted human useless to God. Humility, on the other hand, can make even the least one very useful to Jehovah."