“Are there some wise and understanding men among you? Then your lives will be an example of the humility that is born of true wisdom.” (James 3: 13, JB Phillips New Testament)
The mark of true wisdom is humility. If we gain real understanding, that spiritual discernment and growth that goes beyond merely accumulating information, we can make a positive impact.
Humility is often something that develops through various struggles, where the ego must yield to its own mistaken beliefs about itself and about life. This humility isn’t about feeling like nothing, like we are worthless. It is the treasure of recognizing that our lives are so much better, so much more right and satisfying and expansive, when we let go of our limited personal control, our limited perception of what is and what should be.
The humble man or woman is a great example to others. They don’t seek attention, but they naturally gain respect and appreciation, because their lives are radiant with God, with the goodness that is higher than intellectualism and grandiose actions seeking applause. This humility is a sincere trust in a higher power, in goodness and love. It is a true wisdom that brings blessings, opportunities, contentment, and joy.
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