The Missing Virtue


Almost a year ago, I wrote about 100 truths I’d learned in 30 years as a Christian. Every year I learn a few more truths about life and faith.

I consider this to be one of the most penetrating truths I’ve learned this year:

A man who lacks humility, no matter how gifted he might be , will have that lack taint everything good in his nature. On the other hand, a man who is humble will bolster the excellence of every positive trait he possesses.

God is holy. His holiness permeates every trait in Him. I believe that humility may be the equivalent transcendent virtue in men and women. It may be that this is the reason Jesus found pride to be so hellish.

Indeed, humilty may be the one virtue most lacking not only in Americans in general, but in American Evangelicals. I used to know many more humble people, mostly older. With that generation dying off, I fear that those humble folks have been replaced by a generation characterized by boasting and privilege.

Jesus must increase, while we decrease. I hope we learn this reality before it is too late.

4 thoughts on “The Missing Virtue

  1. Dave Block

    Amen, brother. It took a terrible injustice at work — admittedly, I had some part in bringing in on me — for me to learn some meekness, which I suppose is humility’s twin brother. I don’t want to suffer any more than the next guy, but it does have the potential to teach humility.

  2. Paul Walton

    Dan you hit the nail right on the head. It seems we like shortcuts and cutting corners to achieve some Spiritual success. With the props and accolades comes pride, we begin to think we have some sort of inside track! Humility is so rare in the body now-a-days, everyone wants to be the center of attention.

    It’s should always be about Jesus, and man should always be pointing towards Him. But so many ministries have a man’s name first, in bold letters, and Jesus is an after thought.

  3. clete

    So so true.

    Would that true Biblical humility would suddenly strike Mike McIntosh, Junior Roberts, Benny Hinn, the Crouch Financial Group, Creflo Pesos, and many other abominable money mongers.

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