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Understanding Humility

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Understanding Humility

For what reason do you see yourself as necessary, who, or what, is in your life that can give you the justification for your continued existence.

This type of question can lead to an incredibly high level of pride and self-idolization, or to a depression so severe that the end of life would be welcomed. Would someone’s or something’s life in your life be ended without you here, or would they perhaps be just inconvenienced, as it were, after the grief assuages from your passing, as it is liked to be called, would their lives continue, or end.

This is perhaps one of the most telling attributes that we should contemplate about ourselves on a regular basis, for it helps to kill pride. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3) If I was to go home to the Lord before my beautiful wife, she would grieve, (for about six or seven minutes she says) but after that period of time, after the deepest of sorrows have by the mercy of the Lord abated, her life would continue. My presence will be missed, both in an emotional way and in the items that are required in the materialistic world that I have and continue to do for us, but just how necessary am I, just how needed in reality are you, can you, my friends, justify your continued existence.

There are of course extreme cases, individuals with loved ones who are invalids in one form or another, who receive very little if any company, no one would know as they slowly starved or for other reasons died. Even pets that are loved deeply by some might suffer the same fate, but outside of the notion of death, just where can you point to and say, “Here is where I am absolutely needed, here is where, without me, there would be no hope.”

It is a feeling, a thought, an emotion that we do not like to engage in, for it shows us in essence the truth, we are not as needed as we might like to think, and pride does not die easily, in any area of our lives. Everything that you own, everything that you possess, will someday be the property of someone else, and no matter the amount of time that you care to envision, every one of those items will turn again to dust and ashes. Even you yourself over time will be completely and totally forgotten by those who will remain in the land of the living.

One name, only one, will be counted as being worthy of continuous, eternal remembrance, every word, every action, every deed, not one bit of that life will ever be counted as former things that shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17) Jesus Christ is the only One that is, has, and ever will be the only One that is without question necessary. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Col. 1:16)

This wisdom, this knowledge, when accepted in the truth that it is, will kill forever all thoughts of pride in this, and all others parts of your life, and will bless you with this truth also, without Him, we are nothing.

When you die, someone in the sphere of your life own life may be altered, even dramatically, in fact, even unto the end of their own life, but when our Lord died on that cross, everyone’s life who has ever lived or who will ever exist life was altered for all eternity. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9:27) Those who trust in Him will live forever with Him, those who do not will be separated from His love, mercy, and grace for all eternity. His was and always will be the only life ever lived that was necessary, and not just to you, but to everyone, to everything.

The realization of this truth should alter your thoughts, it should alter the path of your life, it should change your very soul. It should help you to understand better humility.

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