We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Talkative Humility

How does one know when he possesses true humility? Though some are born with a compliant personality, humility does not come naturally to anyone.

Francois Fenelon sheds some light on the meaning of true humility as he writes: “A humility that is still talkative does not run very deep.” Have you ever found yourself admitting wrong, only later to let the other person know what they did to hurt you? Or are you more like me, needing to talk about why you did what you did or why you said what you said, so that you can maintain some sense of self-respect?

A “talkative humility” does not run very deep. You will be tempted to speak out in a humble tone of voice to tell others of your problems. Watch out for this. A humility that is still talkative does not run very deep. When you talk too much, your self-love relieves its sense of shame a little.”

Like all other virtues, humility must be practiced. This requires the surrender of our pride on a daily basis. “You should not be surprised to find yourself overly sensitive, impatient, proud, and self-willed. Realize that this is your natural disposition. Bear with yourself, but do not flatter yourself into thinking you are better than you are, but wait on God’s timing to transform it” (Fenelon).

From the Apostle Paul’s perspective, humility is deeply connected to one’s awareness of their own indebtedness to the Savior. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3)

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