“Blessed are the meek” – Q&A #10

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Question: If we achieve something great, why is it wrong to boast or brag?

Answer: Because boasting and bragging about ourselves shows that we do not remember where our skills and talents come from: God!

God is the source of all good and intelligent ideas and activity. We are His reflections. Whatever we do, we should do for the purpose of glorifying God, not ourselves! This is what meekness is also about. We must be modest, rather than boastful, in what we say about ourselves, especially
if we have not proved what we claim!

“Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.”  (Prov. 25)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship.”  (Eph. 2)

“The honest student of Christian Science is modest in his claims and conscientious in duty, waiting and working to mature what he has been taught.”  (No. 2)

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”  (Phil 2)

Practice: It is really hard for parents not to brag about their children! It is so tempting to be proud when our kids accomplish something special. But, for yourselves, try to remember to thank God for His blessings and qualities that enable you to do so much good!

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

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