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Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls

 Mat 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. {29} Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. {30} For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.           Words of Jesus

Anyone who has been so fortunate in this life as to have had the experience of life correcting him and setting him straight (probably in a very harsh way in some traumatic type of experience) on one of the great errors of life, that error that so many people make, the error of excessive pride, of thinking more highly of oneself than one ought to think, is in a position where he may be able to understand what Jesus meant in the above quotation. I doubt that a person possessed of a high pride would understand this quotation. But one who was so fortunate as to have known both what living under the rule of high pride was like and also living under the rule of humility was like would understand it. The reason is that high pride carries with it a very heavy and hard burden and humility carries with it a very light burden. Life is just so very hard for the proud person. Life is just so much easier for the humble person. High pride is a very serious mental error. It is a devil that can cause great havoc. It is one of the really great moral errors that afflicts so many people. And, in general, people don’t understand the great harm it does to them. Jesus was a very meek and humble person. There are many passages in the Bible on pride and humility. For example:

   Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto

    the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

                                            Psa 138:6

   The meek will he guide in judgment:

    and the meek will he teach his way.

                                   Psa 25:9

   But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall

    delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

                                           Psa 37:11

  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;

    Pride and arrogance and the evil way

    And the perverse mouth I hate.

                              Prov 8:13

  When pride comes, then comes shame;

    But with the humble is wisdom.

                             Prov 11:2

   By pride comes nothing but strife,

    But with the well-advised is wisdom.

                                  Prov 13:10

  Pride goes before destruction,

    And a haughty spirit before a fall.

                                  Prov 16:18

   Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,

    And before honor is humility.

                                          Prov 18:12

   By humility and the fear of the LORD

    Are riches and honor and life.

                                    Prov 22:4

   A man's pride will bring him low,

    But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

                                       Prov 29:23

   Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?

    there is more hope of a fool than of him.

                                           Prov 26:12

   And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that

   shall humble himself shall be exalted.

                                                       Mat 23:12

   For all those things hath mine hand made, and all

   those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I

   look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and

   trembleth at my word.

Isa 66:2

High pride is great foolishness. A wise man is a humble man.

If one wishes to follow in the way of Jesus, in the way of God, one of the most important requirements is humility.

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The yoke of humility is an easy one and the burden is light.

Oct 2017

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