March 2, 2021
Lenten Weekday
The Power of Humility
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:12

I’ve heard it said that the top three virtues needed to live the Christian life are humility, humility and humility.

I hope that made you smile—everyone can use more humility, the foundation of all virtues. Our society tends to exalt excessive selfishness and personal power, as well as pleasure, wealth, fame and fortune. No one is immune from such attractions. Yet humility’s power detaches us from what fails to satisfy.

While humility sheds light on our vanities and mistakes—things God might be calling us to reform or repent of during Lent—it also empowers us for a life well-lived. For humility empties us of the lesser things, making more room so God may fill us with the good, the true and the beautiful. Only by ridding the excesses—our sins, our vices—can we be empowered to do the things that bring God’s love and redemption to our fallen world.

- Pat Gohn

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 • Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 Matthew 23:1-12
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