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Treasure Digest: Humility and Pride

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Humility and Pride

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I am convinced that it takes humility to recognize humility. And that it also takes humility to recognize pride. Pride sees faults in others, while humility recognizes faults within. Pride accuses others of pride and sees humility as weakness.

Humility contains the power to conquer pride. Humility is loved and has many friends.

Understanding pride is an important key to self-control; in the presence of pride, self-control will flee. Another truism is that self-control is a friend of humility. In fact, it is a loving friendship that produces righteousness.

Pride is all alone, and often contains fear; while humility is a tower of peaceful strength.

I have observed a conclusion of the matter: Humility spawns kindness, gentleness, self-control, love and righteousness, while pride spawns conceit, jealousy, fear and blame. Pride accuses and condemns, and supports lying, greed, hate and unrighteousness.

"Everyone proud in heart is an abomination [detestable] to the LORD...Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:5, 18). "The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts" (Psalm 10:4).

"By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life" (Proverbs 22:4). "Blessed [happy] are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven... Blessed [happy] are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:3, 5).