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.
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.”
Strength is a powerful word; not just physical strength, but moral strength and spiritual strength as well. Sometimes we need help to keep up our strength, and sometimes that help comes in the form of words spoken by others.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley, singer/songwriter.
Strength is a matter of a made up mind. John Beecher, author.
Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. Suzanne Collins, American author and screenwriter.
Courage isn’t the strength to go on…it is going on when you don’t have the strength. Napoleon Bonaparte
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
We are responsible for our lives but there comes a time when we are overwhelmed by the responsibility that has been thrust upon us. We fear we are not doing enough in a given situation or we fear we are not doing the right thing. But God has an answer to our fears:
With faith, let us recognize God’s responsibility to handle what we can’t. Happy Sunday.
Two sets of parents very recently held funerals for their twelve-year-old sons just three weeks before Christmas. I can’t even begin to imagine their heartbreak. Even though it hurts just to think about the grief being endured, I take comfort in Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. May God grant them the grace to live each day in His strength.
Under these circumstances it is difficult to say Happy Sunday.
Covid-19 has offered up an immense window of opportunity for abundant reading for me. Yesterday, I picked up four books at the library and delved into the smallest one first, the title of which is Inner and Outer Peace by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher who dedicated his life in service to aspiring humanity.
“World peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth when in each person the power of love replaces the love of power.”
And again…”One who knows others is wise; one who knows himself is wisest. One who conquers others is strong; one who conquers himself is strongest.” Tao Teh Ching
This book looks like a good, short read with more than a touch of profundity.
Who of us doesn’t need some reassurance at this time that everything is going to be alright. How many of us need to know that though we may be alone and have to keep a distance between ourselves and all others outside our homes, we have the assurance that we are never really alone. Take heart; as Joshua 1;9 says, Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Happy Sunday.
There are some people I know who are going through difficult problems right now…cancer, depression, severe arthritis, and other maladies. Today Isaiah 40:31 comes to mind when I think and pray for them. In spite of everything, they still will manage to have a…Happy Sunday.
“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31