THE proud and assertive are often portrayed by the world as the people to imitate. The humble and meek tend to be seen as feeble, timid, or fawning. But is genuine humility really a weakness? And is pride actually a strength?
Humility enables compassion. 🙂
The Challenge of Humility: excerpted w 07
TO MANY people, it might appear that humility has no place in today’s world. Those who command attention and who seem to be the most successful are the self-promoters, the proud, the ones who insist on getting their own way. Society in general envies the lifestyles of the rich and famous, not the humble and meek. Those who are successful usually like to boast that they are self-made. Far from being humble, they proudly take full credit for their success.
Of course, few would disagree with the idea that humility is fine for others, since unassuming people are easy to live with. However, in our competitive world, some fear that if they personally act humbly, they will be viewed by others as weak.
God’s Word, the Bible, foretold that in our time people would be “self-assuming, haughty.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 2) Would you not agree that this prophecy is being fulfilled? Can you see any value in being humble?
(My own inadequacies and lack of complete context have me ?ing how do i help U?!)
How do I enable the best (compassion) and disable the worse (non-compassion)?!
(Prayerfully & Carefully)
One definition of pride is inordinate self-esteem. That kind of pride gives one an improper feeling of self-importance and superiority, perhaps because of beauty, race, rank, talents, or wealth. (James 4:13-16) The Bible speaks of men being “puffed up with pride.” (2 Timothy 3:4) In other words, they have an inflated opinion of themselves, one that is unjustified.
The humble, on the other hand, try to view themselves honestly and objectively, acknowledging their imperfections and their lowly position before God. (1 Peter 5:6) What is more, they recognize
—and even rejoice in— the superior qualities they see in others. (Philippians 2:3) Hence, they do not become bitter with envy or consumed by jealousy. (Galatians 5:26) It stands to reason, therefore, that genuine humility fosters good relationships with others and contributes to emotional security and stability. (excerpted: Is Humility a Weakness or a Strength? Awake! 07)
1/4/16 @ 5:50 p.m.