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Humility Pleases God

Humility Pleases God

“Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted Word, which can save your souls. But be doers of the Word, not only hearers, deluding yourself. If anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror.” James 1:21-23 (World English Bible)

James clarifies that those who trust God are not just good listeners; they have merely become aware of the existence of the Word of God. To act on what we hear is the mandate for faithful believers. Those who hear the Word are called to share the knowledge they receive. And become a chosen one to accept the Word. Many are called, and few are chosen. We should accept with mindfulness what we hear is true and let our hearts agree that believing the Word of the living God means that He will provide all our needs and that we should not use people to get what we want. Putting others before yourself leads to distrusting God for providing our needs and wants. God accepts and approves good works and embraces us with overflowing love and care.

It is often thought that anger is a strength, but many disagree that it is more of a weakness because people see it as a lack of self-control that commonly comes with humility. Humility is a strength. A person with a right mind must be slow on anger and deprived of pride. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility, it brings wisdom. A humble person understands a provocative situation better than an arrogant person, who is more sensitive to making a wrong judgment. Proverbs 16:18— “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty Spirit before a fall.” God hates pride because it is a hindrance to seeking Him. Pride diminishes our desire to honor God. A prideful person thinks of oneself as self-destructive but humble toward one another. The mighty hand of God may lift you when time is up. “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.”

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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