Humility is the chief of the graces
Humility is a broad reaching orientation to all of life, towards God and people. Throughout history, many leading authors have identified humility as the most core virtue of following Jesus:
The 19th century South African author and pastor, Andrew Murray, said: “The chief glory of heaven, the true heavenly-mindedness, the chief of the graces, is humility.”
There isn’t a single area of life in which humility isn’t required. To get through every single day in right relationship with God and people, I must take a humble posture before the Lord and others.
Sometimes the humble are mistreated. More often, there are immediate rewards—we are treated kindly by people when we consider them to be more important than ourselves.
Augustine wrote in the 4th century, "Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I should reply, ’The first, second, and third thing therein.... no…all, is humility… If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.”
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