Benjamin Franklin perceived the wisdom of subduing self-glorification

ARE WE PROUD OF HUMILITY?

In his autobiography Benjamin Franklin, writing of the virtues which he tried so assiduously to cultivate, says: "In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our national passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be pround of my humility."

It is well to search our motives most diligently to see if we are entertaining the slightest trace of selfglorification. The Scriptures exhort us again and again to glorify God. Jesus' healing works, which so completely glorified God, rested in his understanding of the true nature of God and man as perfect and immortal. And he expected, even commanded, his followers to heal as he did. Christian Scientists are able to repeat his works because through the study of Christian Science they have gained some degree of the same understanding of God as Spirit and of man's at-one-ment with the Father.

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