The virtue of humility (1)
October 04, 2016
“Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” Pr 22:4 NIV
When Benjamin Franklin was twenty-two he was living in Philadelphia after escaping an oppressive apprenticeship. He was, as they say, “trying to find himself.” One question burned in his heart: “What are the greatest priorities of my life?” In answer, he developed twelve “virtues”—values that would govern his life. They were temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, and chastity. Franklin took his list of virtues to an old Quaker friend and asked his opinion. His friend read them and said, “Benjamin, you’ve forgotten the most important one.” Surprised, Franklin asked which one. The old man replied, “Humility.” Franklin immediately added it to his list. He organized his life into repeating thirteen-week cycles, focusing on one of those virtues each week. At seventy-eight years of age, he began reflecting on his life and the qualities he’d built it around. Though he felt pretty good about having achieved most of them, here’s what he said about humility: “I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue; but I have had a good deal with regard to the appearance of it.” The Bible says, “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” Humility is an interesting virtue; you’re supposed to show it—but not know it! Jonathan Edwards said, “Nothing sets a person so much out of the Devil’s reach as humility.” If there’s one thing in this world your ego will neither seek nor strive for, it’s humility. Yet true and lasting success depends on it.
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I really appreciate the Preaching and prayer prayer you read my mail. In these days and times it encouraging to know that there is still A Man of God preaching and teaching God's word with the fervent and like the Bible says it's the Anointing that breaks the yokes of sin in our lives when we find ourselves in situations that we get ourselves into from our own mistakes. Again thank you so much. but you are not doing right by God we tend to AVOID God loving and fearing people. I got my self into a mess but I'm Encouraged in the Lord and this time I'm never looking back. GOD Blessed Troy in Florida.