“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .” Q&A #5

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Question: How do we get rid of pride?

Answer: We replace it with an attitude of humbleness and humility. Both of these words have similar meanings, which include an absence of pride. They indicate a willingness to see one’s
own faults or shortcomings, and therefore prevent us from thinking or acting as if we are too humanly perfect to need help or improvement.

This does not mean we think of ourselves as worthless. Just the opposite! True humility understands that our confidence in ourselves comes because we are the “image and likeness” of God. We express God’s goodness, and therefore glorify Him. It is God that is good; mortals are not the source of goodness!

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4)

“Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23)

Mrs. Eddy tells us: “Experience shows that humility is the first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love.” (Mis. 354)

Being humble helps us achieve the first Beatitude, and to experience God’s kingdom. In Job we read: “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.” (Job 22)

Practice: Today, think about how you might replace any sense of pride with a little bit of humility. God is your Mind, and He gives you your many abilities.

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes” Copyright 2002)

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