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Three Reasons to Develop Humility

By Mormon.org
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The Natural Way

We live in a world of selfies and self-promotion. You don’t have to look beyond your phone to find people highly invested in their own opinions, their own agendas, and their own answers. It’s how we get ahead and it’s only natural, right? But the scriptures teach that “the natural man is an enemy to God” (Mosiah 3:19), so maybe the natural way isn’t the best way. Despite what the world teaches about success, God has provided a different path—it’s called humility.

What Is Humility?

By the world’s standards, humility is seen as a form of weakness, a giving up of control. However, in the true sense of the word, humility requires strength. It is intentionally offering the only thing we really can control—our will—to God and His plan for our lives. Thankfully the scriptures teach us how to overcome the “natural man” tendencies we all experience. It is done by becoming “as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father” (Mosiah 3:19).

Here are three reasons why we should work on developing humility throughout our lives.

God Knows More

It’s easy to think we have all the answers. But this prideful attitude deprives us of God’s infinite wisdom and guidance in our lives. After Moses had his life-altering interaction with God at the burning bush, he said, “Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed” (Moses 1:10). Once he acknowledged his own standing before God, he humbly yielded his life and became a great instrument in God’s hands in delivering the children of Israel out of bondange. Humility comes when we yield to God’s greater wisdom.

Watch as Elder D. Todd Christofferson shares an experience of one who finally came to trust that God really does know what’s best in our lives.

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An Offering of Love

Humility is a form of love, respect, and reverence toward God. As our Father, God gives us commandments and experiences designed specifically for our best good. When we humbly submit to His plan, it is our way of expressing our love for and trust in Him. We may not always understand the plan, but when we respond with humility, we don’t need to.

Even as I Am

The Savior taught, “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (3 Nephi 12:48). Christ humbly submitted to the will of the Father in all things, culminating with His infinite Atonement for each of us. For, said He, “I am Jesus Christ; I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will” (D&C 19:24). If we are to follow Christ’s admonition to be like Him so that we may enjoy the blessings He has promised, we have to develop humility.

Humility may not always be the easiest road, but it is definitely the most worthwhile. When we can learn to humbly submit our will to God’s in all things, we will be on our way to lasting happiness and success.