the Lord : our strength and foundation
Christian humility is not in any way a form of weakness, but just the opposite: it is strength in a person, although not human strength, but rather God’s strength.
My strength is made perfect in weakness , said the Lord to the Apostle Paul when the latter asked the Lord that the messenger of Satan that was buffeting him depart from him (2 Cor 12: 9).
Therefore, the Holy Apostle , understanding the significance of the Lord’s words, said: Most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me ( 2 Cor 12: 9).
Man has free will, and therefore the grace or power of God is fully manifested in him only when he wholly gives himself over to God, that is, when he is permeated with the spirit of humility and obedience to God’s will.
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