True Humility

NO description can present a spiritual characteristic as clearly as can a living example of this same characteristic. We may be given a definition of humility, for example. It may be described as selflessness; a just appreciation of others; a desire to honor another before oneself. Or we may turn to a dictionary and find exact terms in which it is defined. These, however, will not enable us fully to understand this quality; we must see it exemplified in individual character in order to grasp its true value.

A noble example of this particular virtue, humility, is found in the character of Moses. When leading the often rebellious children of Israel through the wilderness, he was confronted with criticism, ingratitude, disloyalty, hatred, and unmerited blame to an astounding degree. Yet there was no resentment, bitterness, or retaliation on his part. The law to forgive seventy times seven had not yet been proclaimed. The moral law of "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" was still in vogue. But Moses displayed the Christlike qualities which were yet to be fully brought to light by the lowly Nazarene, whose patience, compassion, and forgiveness exemplified humility in a degree unknown before.

Prayer and Praise
April 18, 1936

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