Matthew 5: 35:3Blessed (1.3) are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Open-minded people whoknow ourself spiritually poor,before God who is humble (1.1).Men know that only rely on the mercy of God, wecan have eternal life. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to get to heaven. We shouldnot self-righteous or justified by our deeds (1.2). Otherwise, we are like the Pharisees.
(1.1) in Proverbs 6: 16-19, The oneto the God of the most hated, that is pride.
6:16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
6:17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
6:18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
6:19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
(1.2) In Matthew 5:20, Jesus said that thePharisee title righteousness (self-righteousness or justification by behavior), they areabsolutely not able to enter the kingdom of heaven.
5:20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
In Philipians 3: 9, Paul title to the same truth.
3:9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
(1.3) Greek original text can also be translated happy.
Indeed, if we follow what the Bible says about pride and self-righteousness, we will even spare ourselves a lot of hurt.
If we desire to be always right, or to be better than other people, we will be hurt over and over again when someone comes along and knocks us off our little podium!
May the Lord guard our hearts and our minds - and our churches - from the evils of pride and self-righteousness.
May we never forget what we would be "the righteousness which is of God by faith" - dead and doomed. Then we will be filled with graciousness and thankfulness instead of the disappointment, frustration and anxiety that trying to be righteous in our own strength can bring. That is why I think it's interesting, what you said about the other possible Greek translation at 1.3. Getting rid of pride and self-righteousness really does make us happy.
God is so good, praise his holy name!
Blessings to you and your family!
The title of your blog, [b][i]Humility is very important[/i] [/b], really leaped out at me, Raymond, when I saw it on the Home Page; and I really appreciate the scriptures you provided for us to underscore the importance of humility. Thank you!