Virtues of Humility


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Virtues of humility are guided by a conscience that is committed to morality.
A humble person is characterized as a decent, moral person who perceives what is right and what is wrong.
They are trustworthy and sincere without malice, treachery or evil intent.
For the Christian, it means that the person is aligned with God's Will - so, they only think and do those things that are pleasing to God.
Virtue of humility possesses a radiance beyond description.
These virtues include:
*Modesty, compassion and empathy for the feelings of others.
*Respect for our fellow human-being.
*Will always forgive.
*Gratitude (being thankful for what they have).
Its moral virtues include:
*Honesty with ourselves and others.
*Integrity (adherence to moral and ethical principles).
*Prudence (knowing what to seek and what to avoid).
*Temperance (moderation in action, thought, or feelings).
Humble people are attuned to the feelings and thoughts of others (empathy).
They recognize their own limitations (their strengths and weaknesses) and know when they need the help of others (humility) to accomplish goals.
Truly humble people are too humble to ever say are.
These virtues bring fulfillment into the life of a humble person.
This is what the Bible says about humility - "Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
-Peter 5:5


Self-Centeredness

The phrase, "Keeping up with the Joneses" originated from a comic strip created by Arthur R. “Pop” Momand in 1913.
It showed the lives of the McGinis family who wanted to social climb by keeping up with their neighbors, the Joneses.
Vanity, egotism, boastfulness and arrogance typifies the self-centered individual.
They have no thought for the needs of others.
They are obsessed with physical or economic gains.
They try to emulate or surpass their friends or neighbors to satisfy their worldly values.


Spirituality

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God gives Grace to the humble.
Humble people know the difference between self-confidence and pride.
Their confidence comes from God.
They give value to the lives of other people.
Their spiritual modesty comes from understanding their place in the larger order of things.
Virtues of humility enable a humble Christian to "see" God’s Presence within, around and above.
God's Grace gives them patience, peace of mind and gentleness that overcomes the superficial values of worldliness.
They embrace the virtues of:
Kindness (moral integrity).
Goodness (generosity).
Faithfulness (unconditional love and trust in God).
Gentleness (compassion).
Virtues of humility reap spiritual blessings that fill the mind and soul with inner happiness.
As you continue to place your trust in God, He will continue to fill your heart with joy, peace, and a hope that overflows into the lives of the people around you.
"Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
-John 6:27 ESV

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Virtues of Humility       Exaltation

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Jesus said, “Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11 and Luke 18:14).
Humanity is bound to God's Glory.
It means to Praise, Glorify and to Rejoice in God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that fills it (Psalm 146:6).
God is the only One worthy to be exalted.
Through faith we acknowledge God's Existence and reinforce our need for Him.
Through worship, we show our love and unquestioning devotion for God.
Through repentance and forgiveness we receive the Divine Gift of Salvation
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die".
John 11:25-26
God exalts the humble who put their:
*Faith and trust in Him.
*Follow His Laws of Life.
*Repent of their sins.
Through the virtues of humility, we Glorify God in all we do.
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
-Psalm 145:1

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Humble People of the Bible

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Jesus Christ
Our Blessed Virgin Mary rode on a humble donkey into Bethlehem before giving Birth to the Baby Jesus.
Jesus came into this world in humility, simplicity and in poverty.
His Crib was an animal feeding trough.
In the Nativity Scene, the donkey is standing close by the Manger keeping watch over the Baby Jesus.
Humble shepherds and farm animals surrounded the Baby Jesus in that humble Stable.
Jesus made His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, on a humble donkey on Palm Sunday.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
-John 14:6
The Virgin Mary
In Luke 1, we read, the Archangel Gabriel said: “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women! Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus - Therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be the Son of God.”
Mary humbly obeyed. “I am the Lord's servant,” she declared. “May it be to me as you have said” (verse 38).
She referred to herself as God's servant and her Sovereign Master.
Mary's humility and faith earned her the title of Mother of the Lord.
John the Baptist
John the Baptist is revered in Christianity for Baptizing and preparing the people for the coming of Jesus Christ.
He suffered martyrdom for his holiness and humble obedience to the Will of God.
John the Baptist preached repentance and baptized many people in the River Jordan crying, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord."
Near the end of his ministry, Jesus came to him to be Baptized and proclaimed Him to the people as Christos (Greek-Χριστός) (the Messiah).
John the Baptist said to Jesus, "I have Baptized You with water, but He will Baptize You with the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
-Mark 1:4

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