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Saint Isaac the Syrian spake...A person who mentions his pitfalls and sins to humble himself, though this is very good, is not called a humble person. A humble person is he who comes nearer to humility and tries to reach it. A truly humble person does not need to convince himself or force his thought to have the feeling of humility, or invent reasons for that. But it is natural that he counts himself normally as nothing.
I went on a retreat for 3 days just to talk about humility...it was awasome. humility is all about denying yourself. but that doesnt' mean to be cruel on yourself. deny yourself gladly. that is the simplest way i could state it. i can tell you more if you want. but does that sound enough for now. or does it make sense?
•Humility describes an attitude that leads one to consider oneself lower than others
•Humility isn’t just achieved by reading the Bible, but by having a strong and continuous relationship with God
•Humility is obtained by going through the narrow gate and carrying the cross
**VERSES ABOUT HUMILTY
•“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:14)
•“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2Chronicles 7:14)
•“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10)
•“I dwell in the high and holy place, with Him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15)
•“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 15:4)
•“If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35)
**EXAMPLES OF HUMBLE PEOPLE
•Jesus Christ…is the greatest example we have of humilty..in all His actions He teaches us how to be humble..born in a manger..washed the feet of His disciples..and being crucified on the cross (which was the worst type of punishment at that time, if one died crucified)..and even though that He is GOD he died for the whole world to save us from eternal death and to give us life.
•The Canaanite woman (see Mathew 15:21-28)
•John the Baptist, Jesus Christ said about him, “Assuredly I say to you, among these born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptistl but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Mathew 11:11)
**HOW TO BE HUMBLE
•Always remember how Jesus was humble
•Remember that the first sin that man had fallen into was pride, and because of pride we fell from the paradise of joy; so by being humble we are trying to return back to our first image, the pure humble image, that isn’t full of pride, because we are trying to reach God again, and return back to Him, so that we can be with Him in heavenly Jerusalem forever.
•Know the weak points in yourself and try to change them
•Be happy if you are insulted of persecuted in the name of Christ
St. Mark the Ascetic spake...
Just as water and fire cannot be combined, so self-justification and humility exclude one another.
--St. Augustine --James 4:6 --1 Peter 5.5
This is GOOD
The Writing of the Early Church fathers are WAY MORE AWESOME!!
sorry to bring the thread bak up tho.
Humility or rather humbility is doing what John the Baptist said and proclaimed "I muct decrease so that He may increase" the Church teaches us examples of humbelness and their antiderivatives. If humbelness and humilty are derived from a lowly heart then the antiderivative is that is pride...and the Bible goes at great length teaching us how to get rid of the antivirtue and stick with the original virtue. Pride is one of the 7 deadly sins, but humbelness is the antidertivative of that.