Christlike Humility

Humility is a virtue which is much extolled and which men as a whole have believed it was necessary to possess if they would be true Christians. Yet there have been such varied opinions concerning it that its value has not always been clearly understood, and it has not always been allowed to take the important place it deserves in the forming of character. Its true sense is indeed one of the first requisites to the gaining of the Mind of Christ which enabled Jesus to do all his mighty works, and which we too must understand and express if we would walk in his footsteps.

Mrs. Eddy has much to say of humility. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 356) she speaks of it as the virtue which "triumphs over the flesh;" and then she adds, "One can never go up, until one has gone down in his own esteem." At first glance these two statements might almost seem contradictory; but to the Christian Scientist it is plainly apparent that humility brings about both the going down which must see the need of denying the flesh and the going up of mental transformation, which triumphs over the flesh.

Rest and Strength
September 3, 1927

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