God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

One of the most memorable characters in Dickens’ novels is the scheming Uriah Heep in ‘David Copperfield.’ The character is notable for his cloying humility, obsequiousness, and insincerity, making frequent references to his own “‘umbleness”. Beneath a veneer of “‘umbleness” there was a wilful and self-seeking attitude that eventually landed him in prison. It gives humility a bad press.

Rightly understood however, humility is God’s way for us all.

Jesus said that He was humble and gentle. (Matt 11:29)

This week we shall read several examples of genuine humility and reflect on how it might be cultivated in our own lives.

Read Matthew 5:1-12 in the NLT

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Monday 28th September Daily Notes from The Hub