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    Post Humbling Yourselves and A Litany of Humility - Greg Gordon



    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. - James 4:10

    Humility is the way to heaven. Christ was humble, the prophets of God were men of humility. The Apostles Jesus choose ended up being men of great humility. Saints in church history are considered those who reached a place of humility. Pride is everything that opposes Gods will and way. The demons are proud and love to come near those who are of a proud boastful spirit. Humility of heart drives satan from us. Humility is not just a sense of being but hundreds of daily choices we make.

    We can humble ourselves in a manifold amount of ways each day in our thought-life, actions we make, in relationships we are in. The Spirit of God is working with us daily to allow us to choose the right humble choices. Archimandrite Joel Giannakopoulos said rightly: "Humility is, not only to humble your own self, but also to forbear the humiliations which others impose on you." St. Chrysostom said: "For he that is humbled, and bruised in heart, will not be vainglorious, will not be wrathful, will not envy his neighbor, will not harbor any other passion." The Scriptures say to humble "yourselves." And to realize that when we do this we are doing it "before" the Lord not only men. God see's our hearts condition and honours humility. He longs and desires to "lift us up" and grant us His blessings safely as we maintain humility of heart.

    There are many steps to take towards humility, here is one practical step. Consider to pray out loud this "Litany of Humility" even daily if it becomes a help to you:

    O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me
    From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus
    From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being honoured, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.
    That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
    That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
    That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

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    I prefer to leave the litany to the Catholic sect.

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