Saturday, 28 January 2012

Humility

I have come to the belief that I've been born into a very proud and egotistical generation. People now consider it acceptable even normal for others to praise themselves, promote themselves and put themselves first. I could almost say that in today's society many consider pride a virtue, as a result they view humility as a weakness. It seems that everyone is screaming for his or her own rights and is desperately striving to be seen as somebody of importance. The intense preoccupation with self-esteem, self-love and self-glory is obliterating the fundamentals on which our society is built. I strongly believe that no culture can survive with pride running rampant, for all of society depends on relationships. And when people are completely committed to themselves relationships disintegrate. Is this not what's happening to our culture, as friendships, marriages and families fall apart? 

Sadly the preoccupation with self has found it's way into the church. Possibly the fastest growing marvel in modern Christianity is the large emphasis on pride, self-image, self-fulfillment and other aspects of selfism. The Scripture is clear, however, that selfism has no place in Christian theology. Jesus repeatedly taught against pride, and with His teaching he continually lifted the virtue of humility. I have found that this is most clear in John 13. This passage of scripture is clear that it was the day before Jesus' death, and instead of being totally preoccupied by thoughts of His death, He was consumed with his love for the disciples. Although He knew He would soon go to the cross to die for the sins of the world, Jesus was concerned for the needs of those twelve men. It what was literally the last hours before His death and Jesus kept showing the disciples his love over and over. There is a great lesson in this whole account: Only complete humility can generate complete love.

                                                 ~Grace~

2 comments:

  1. This is so true. And unbelievers are watching us at school, in the workplace, etc. We certainly don't want to appear as proud, selfish people!

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    AnneKatherine@theyogurtgirl.blogspot.com

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  2. You are so right...and it is so sad. Hm. It's so sad, to see the world continuing to get more and more destructive upon itself. But that's where the bright side comes in! This is only 'our temporary home' -carrie underwood. Home is in Heaven where God is. This world is not going to last. This is like, staying in an airport. You know. People only pass through it, to get onto a plane. SO the only question is, "What plane Are you on?" thanks again. I really liked your post on Humility! See you this weekend!

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