Love, Humility And Pride

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"Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 9 v 23-24)

You've got to admit, a big part of love is humility. It takes humility to be affectionate and to receive affection. if you want to fall in love and accept real love, you have to be humble enough to let go of your pride and receive that love.

This is true of our relationship with the Lord. When we first hear that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins, we have to humble ourselves to recieve God's love. receiving salvation is a humbling experience. Those who humble themselves receive not only forgiveness, but also an infilling of love they could never have imagined. But those individuals who are too proud miss out on both.

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."  (James 4 v 6)

Humility and love are inseparable. The truly loving are truly humble, and the truly humble are truly loving. You cannot have real love and not be humble, and you cannot have genuine humility without a lot of love. Most of us wouldn't mind being a little more humble, but oh how we hate to be humbled! That hurts our pride, but that kind of pain is good for us if we can welcome it and let it accomplish its purpose.

Look For The Best In People

Every person has had some experience you haven't and is your superior in that respect. If they are open-minded and willing, individuals can learn from each other. I have yet never met a person so ignorant, that I could not learn something from them.

Give Sincere Compliments

It is hard to look down on others while telling them what you admire about them. The more you put positive thoughts about others into words, the more good you will see in them, and the less likely you will be able to fall into the egotism trap.

Be Quick To Admit Your Mistakes

The hardest words to say in any languauge are 'I was wrong' or 'I am sorry'  these words will quickly dampen your pride, as well as the argument - two evil devices with one small stone of humility.

Admit Your Limitations And Needs

It is human nature to want to appear strong and self-sufficient, out of pride, but that usually only makes things harder. Lovingly humble yourself and ask for and accept the help of others, and you will excel.

Serve Others

Volunteer to serve or help (in whatever capacity), you will gain more than you give, both in humility and loving thanks.

Learn Something New

Learn a new skill, languauge, sport or hobby. Starting from scratch is nearly always humbling, but the rewards are manifold. You will come out of the experience a liitle more humble. Your action will encourage others and, contrary to what your pride tells you, win their admiration and respect.

Give God The Credit

Give God the credit for anything good about you and anything good that He helps you do.

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear." (1 John 4 v 18)

Pride's fear of failure or refusal will prevent us from reaching out to and loving others as much as we should. Not so with humility. Humility contains love and faith without fear. Love does not care what other people think; it just loves in spite of what they think. So be humble - and love!

Humility and love are inseparable. The truly loving are truly humble, and the truly humble are truly loving. You cannot have real love and not be humble, and you cannot have genuine humility without a lot of love. Most of us wouldn't mind being a little more humble, but oh how we hate to be humbled! That hurts our pride, but that kind of pain is good for us if we can welcome it and let it accomplish its purpose.

Love does not care what other people think; it just loves in spite of what they think. So be humble - and love!

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a witty fool 02/07/2011 03:26



the is not just a good word, but as my pastor would say, "a God word" as well. I have a tendency to be impatient with people and once I get there, I see only the thing I have lost patience with
and lose track of the things that I like in that person. ...... I am working on it!