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Humility: A Divine Virtue
|by Dr. Frank S. K. Barar|
Humility is derived from the Latin word humilis, which may be translated as "humble", or "grounded". The opposite of humility is pride. In a religious context humility means recognition of 'self' in relation to God, acceptance of one's defects, and submission to divine grace. Humility as a virtue is a major theme of both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. In the Old Testament it is very aptly illustrated in the personality of Moses, who was exceedingly humble, and led the nation of Hebrews (Isralites) out of slavery in Egypt to the "Promised Land". In the New Testament references to humility are recorded in many places (Mathew 5:5–9, NIV).
Further references from the Bible include:
In Jesus Christ's behavior submission to unjust torture and execution in particular are examples of righteous humility. The Holy Bible is replete with references about a truly christian behavior to be followed by man.
In the present world scenario we find around us that many friendships, relationships, and marriages are on the rocks because of anger, greed, or pride. Simple courtesy, patience, and politeness is on the way out, giving way to arrogance and wars. What is needed is humility, harmony, and peace among all people. Certain points qualify for attention by us:
In view of the above references and dictates from the Bible life by man on this earth can be lived more comfortably, fruitfully, and peacefully.
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