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HUMILITY

The soul of each human being is like a field which the Lord of Glory Himself cultivates. As a good farmer takes out the rocks an the weeds from a field that he wants to cultivate a good crop in, so our All Loving Heavenly Father does in the field of our heart. Each heart is to be planted with the good and holy seed of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Each person in his or her time will bring forth a good harvest, rich with the particular talents and abilities that God has given each human being uniquely. Though the endless expanse of the Universe belongs to God was created by Him, your heart your soul is the field that He cares about the most. As if you are our Lord Jesus Christís only field, only child, HE looks to make you as fruitful as possible.

The good fertilizer necessary to make the soil of your soul rich and ready to be planted with the seeds of the Holy Spirit is nothing else than humility.

It makes no difference to God Himself whether we are humble or not. We do not effect Him in the least. He wants us to be humble not because He wishes to "humiliate" us, but rather because His most earnest Fatherly desire is to exalt us!



Being humble is not the subtraction of our human dignity, nor the degrading of our great worth before God. Humility rather is simply the understanding of oneself that we must have. Humility is simply knowing oneself, understanding who and what we are before God.

In our relationship to the Almighty Creator of the Universe there are no airs that we can put on. HE sees us as we truly are, and understands us completely. There is no misunderstanding on Godís part. By being humble we simply are realistic. There can be no growth in Christ if we are not real. No pretentiousness, no mask can be worn before God. HE sees through everything, and knows everything about us.

By being humble, with the help of Godís grace, we prepare the foundation of growing in Christ. By being honest with our failures and our desires before God, we open ourselves to HIS infinite power.

In Christ God wants to glorify each human being and make him or her a god by grace. In order for God to do this we need to be simple, humble inside and out. Humble toward God in our relationship to Him we can speak in our prayer simply as a child to his Father. Humble toward our fellow human beings, we must try not to judge others, not to accuse them, not to resent them, but to see each human being as if he or she is our own self, as if each person is Christ Himself.



Here are some holy words from the Holy Bible for your prayerful meditation as well as words of the ascetic Fathers of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Having walked with God the words of holy men and women give us courage in our struggles to walk humbly with our God.

Micah 6:8 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NAS)

Deut 8:16-18 16 "In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. 17 "Otherwise, you may say in your heart, 'My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.' 18 "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as {it is} this day. (NAS)



Ezra 8:21 21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions. (NAS)

Ps 10:17-18 17 O LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble; Thou wilt strengthen their heart, Thou wilt incline Thine ear 18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may cause terror no more. (NAS)

Ps 69:32-33 32 The humble have seen {it and} are glad; you who seek God, let your heart revive. 33 For the LORD hears the needy, and does not despise His {who are} prisoners. (NAS)

Prov 11:2 2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom. (NAS)

Isa 66:2 2 "For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being," declares the LORD. "But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (NAS)

Zeph 2:3 3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His ordinances; seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of the LORD'S anger. (NAS)



Zech 9:9 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout {in triumph,} O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NAS)

Matt 11:29-30 29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." (NAS)



Our Lady, The All Blessed Virgin Mary, was ultimately humble and simple. For Her purity and humility She became the Mother of the Eternal God, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Luke 1:48 48 "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. (NAS)

James 4:10 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (NAS)

St. Thalassios, in On Love, Self-control and Life in accordance with the Intellect: Pride deprives us of God's help, making us over-reliant on ourselves and arrogant towards other people. There are two remedies against pride; and if you do not avail yourself of them you will find yourself given a third, far more painful to bear. Prayer with tears, and having no scorn for anyone, destroy pride; but so do chastisements inflicted against our will. Chastisement through trials imposed on us is a spiritual rod, teaching us humility when in our foolishness we think too much of ourselves.

St. Mark the Ascetic, in On the Spiritual Law: I have seen unlearned men who were truly humble, and they became wiser than the wise. Another unlearned man, upon hearing them praised, instead of imitating their humility, prided himself on being unlearned and so fell into arrogance.

When you have done something good, remember the words "without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).

Have heart my beloved friend, be of good courage and have faith in God. Just keep trying as a good athlete in Christ. Keep struggling. And when you fall get right back up and begin the struggle again. Remember that God wants only one thing from us in order to grant us the grace of humility and all other spiritual gifts: to love Him and never ever give up! You can do all things in Christ who strengthens you!



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