Some people don’t like this word ‘humility’ as it may conjure up a sign of weakness, not realizing that humility in itself is a strength.
Here’s one definition I gleaned from the Internet: Humility is the quality of being humble and means putting the needs of another person before your own, and thinking of others before yourself. It also means not drawing attention to yourself, and it can mean acknowledging that you are not always right.
Here is the Bible’s take on humility:
Philippians 2: 3-11 : Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Luke 14: 11 : For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
1 Peter 5:6 : Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you…
James 4:10: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the humble, for they shall inherit the earth.
The question always gets asked, why is it called Good Friday when that’s the day Jesus was nailed to the cross? One can only surmise that trusting the outcome of that dreadful day to be His resurrection three days later made the unbearable less so.
It was also a day of hope for the fulfillment of His promise in Mark 9:31… because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”
Having taken part in many a Maundy Thursday ceremony over the years I’m loathe to admit I never really knew the meaning of Maundy.
I knew that Jesus gathered his disciples for their last meal together before his crucifixion, and it has always been known as The Last Supper; but that did not explain the meaning of Maundy. After reading the excerpt below I am much the wiser and it has only taken eighty-four years! Hopefully, those who are learning about this two-thousand-year-plus event will gain this insight at a much younger age.
Here is an explanation of Maundy Thursday as gleaned from the Intrnet:
The name ‘Maundy‘ is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, meaning a commandment. Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, commanded:
‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.‘ John 13:34
We all want to be safe, right? Safe from all harm and evil; safe from bad judgement and poor decisions; safe from Satan’s wily ways. That’s where saving grace comes in. Although it doesn’t eliminate the former, it makes those things easier to deal with. Here are a few examples of how to come by this saving grace:
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved – you and your household. Acts 16:31
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. Titus 2:11
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.” Acts 15:11
In closing, here is a little prayer for the day: “God grant me the grace to live this day in your strength.”
Any kind of journaling is a release of thoughts, memories, gleanings; a way of putting things into perspective for future reference. Spiritual journaling is particularly productive because of its subtle way of enlightening once the words are out of the mind and onto the page. Here are a few examples dictated by gifted thinkers:
Faith is characterized by people believing God’s word regardless of their personal circumstances. Father Peter Coughlin, Catholic Priest.
God will give you an idea that will challenge you to live by trust. Robert H. Schuller, Hour of Power
He is your best friend who brings out of you the best that is in you. Henry Ford
No problem is too big for God’s power, no person is too small for God’s love. Robert Schuller
We defeat ourselves, or gain victories by the thoughts we think. Norman Vincent Peale
Through His word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God will teach us what is right and enable us to do it. Our Daily Bread magazine.
The most important thing of all things to possess is peace of mind. Peace of mind includes all other good things. Emmet fox
Some of the best advice ever given: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Do you ever wonder where idioms come from? I googled ‘saved by the bell’ and found this:
The origination of the phrase comes from the world of boxing where the rounds are of a short duration and often boxers are saved because of the signalling of the bell to say that the round is over. The opposite party cannot throw another blow when the bell has rung and hence the other side is merely saved by something that happened outside rather than his own efforts. The phrase is speculated to have originated in the 1950’s. Source: theidioms.com
And then there’s saved by the Word, not an idiom but a scriptural fact as in Roman’s 10:9. Happy Sunday.
Today is the last day of February! It brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Spring is on the way! Even the trees of the fields will soon clap their hands as Isaiah tells us. Enjoy the day, whatever it holds for you, and be sure to clap your hands as you envision Spring in the air and Covid-19 out of it. Happy Sunday.
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. . ” Isaiah 55:12 NIV
I spoke to a lady yesterday whose husband died in January. He was in Long Term Care, and visiting wasn’t an option because of Covid-19 closures. However, she did get a call from the home to come quickly on January 31st because her husband was very weak.
Shanta was able to hold his hand, sing to him and quote scripture, all the while holding him in love and prayer. She felt gentle little squeezes from his fingers throughout this time, and then there was a very definite strong pressure before his hand went limp in hers. It was a poignant time for my friend as her husband bid her farewell with a final squeeze.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Sunday has traditionally been an easy day of rest and worship for many people. However some must work Sundays and can’t always take it easy. To those people I say bless you for giving up your Sunday for the benefit of others. You know who you are. Others just can’t seem to take it easy no matter what day of the week it is. And then there are folks, myself included, who remember the easy Sunday mornings and try to continue the tradition. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7. Happy Sunday.