Humility not Humiliation

The quality of humility is a prerequisite to spiritual progress; it is the opposite to egotism, its antonym. Whereas egotism would exalt personality—the false sense of selfhood—humility depreciates this sense until it finally disappears as the true man, in God's image, appears. Mrs. Eddy says of this quality on page 1 of "Miscellaneous Writings": "Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity. The mounting sense gathers fresh forms and strange fire from the ashes of dissolving self, and drops the world." Dissolving the false sense of self, the belief in material personality as man, is a necessary step toward the gaining of that humility without which spiritual progress is impossible.

How important that we gain the understanding which is the handmaid of humility! Christian progress depends upon it. Why? Because we can never envisage God's likeness, the image of Spirit, while holding to the belief of a mortal as man; and to become conscious of the spiritual facts of being, of the truth about God and man, is the Christian's paramount necessity. Therefore, the more rapidly we dissolve the false sense of self, the more quickly shall we come into our divine heritage.

Prohibition and Liberty
October 13, 1928

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