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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Why Humility Is a Major Strength

Both Jesus' and Paul's gentleness was misunderstood as weakness. How has that resulted in blessing? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1614).

Matthew 5:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

God blesses those who are humble,
   for they will inherit the whole earth.

Realists always win in the end. The humble are the only true realists for they fully appreciate the severely circumscribed nature of man's control.  The humble have given up the illusion of being always right, of being always in control. They have accepted the realities and exigencies of the spiritual and physical worlds. This does not mean that they are absent dreams – even big dreams. But they acknowledge the realization of those dreams requires multiple intercessory developments of which they are not and cannot be the source. Thus the strength of character they possess is grounded in the acceptance of the immensely mysterious, unknown, and unknowable. Strongly allied with humility is gratitude for the meek realize that no accomplishment comes without blessings way beyond the origination of any one group or individual.  Jesus in the Beatitudes asserts that the humble will win in the long run. It is entirely feasible, however, that the humble--within amenable environments--can win in the short run as well.

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