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Obedience and Humility

“Obedience is the tomb of the will and the resurrection of humility”… Let us beseech the Lord without hesitation for the grace to defeat our own will and to follow His directions always, so that Christ may have full dominion over our lives.” (Dynamis 12/11/2019, Saint John Climacus)

“Humility is a Divine property and the perfection of the Christian life. It is attained through obedience. He who is not obedient cannot attain humility. There are very few in the world today who have obedience. Our humility is in proportion to our obedience.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

"An obedient person considers nothing beneath him. Being the companion of humility, obedience is the imitation of Christ, who “became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8), and who said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29). To acquire obedience is to follow Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and to become the servant of all (John 13:1–17)." (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“Are we really prepared to “bury” our pride so that we may humble ourselves before the Lord? Obedience to God means our will coincides with His… Obedience is the sacrifice of the human will to God.” (Melissa Tsongranis, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.)

“Humility and obedience go hand in hand. Without one, the other is nearly impossible…I believe that both humility and obedient intent is single minded and purposeful in that these two virtues were intended to get us all to the same place, and that is, in Christ, in the Father, our safe place from sin, self, and the world…humility and obedience play an most important role in each of our lives and certainly are the primary stepping stones, along a spiritual path, that we must go down if we are to realize some level of spiritual maturity.” (Jennifer Waddle, Mike Weatherford)

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