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The Humble Mind

Morning: Psalm 119:49-72; I Kings 17:1-24; Phil 2:1-11; Matt 2:1-12
Evening: Psalm 46, 87; I Kings 8:22-30; Ephesians 2:11-22

Paul invites us to imitate the humble mind and ways of Jesus.  I heard author John LeCarré yesterday saying he hates institutional religion because they treated him harshly in an authoritarian church-run school.  Religion can easily forget its founding ethos. It’s hard to imagine how Paul’s teaching could give rise to abuse: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit … in humility regard others as better than yourselves … look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” But when institutional values take over, so does ambition, and then, ‘O Lord, it’s hard to be humble’!

Graham

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