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Welcome to the Viewpoints, where we explore wisdom and values that can guide us in both our personal and professional lives. Today, ket us look at the biblical teachings on humility and compassion, virtues that have the power to transform not only our interactions but also our entire being.

The Power of Humility

It is imperative, base on kin observation, that our world often encourage the values of self-promotion and ego. But the Bible, however, reminds us of the extraordinary power of humility.

Humility is not about self-deprecation or weakness; rather, it is a recognition of our place in the grand tapestry of existence. In the Book of Proverbs, we find these words: ‘When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom’ (Proverbs 11:2, NIV). This verse reminds us that humility opens the door to profound wisdom and understanding.

Humility is also an essential quality for leaders. Jesus, the ultimate example of humility, washed the feet of his disciples, demonstrating that true greatness lies in service to others. In Matthew, we read: ‘Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted’ (Matthew 23:12, NIV). By embracing humility, leaders can inspire and uplift those around them, fostering a culture of teamwork and growth.

Compassion: The Heart of a Caring Business

Compassion lies at the core of our humanity, enabling us to connect with others in their joys and sorrows. The Bible repeatedly emphasizes the importance of compassion, calling us to love our neighbors as ourselves. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan, illustrating the transformative power of compassion. Moved by deep empathy, the Samaritan stopped to help a stranger in need, regardless of social or cultural differences.

As business owners, we have a unique opportunity to infuse our organizations with compassion. By treating our employees and customers with kindness, understanding, and empathy, we foster a sense of belonging and create a positive work environment. Proverbs 19:17 reminds us of the rewards of compassion: ‘Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done’ (NIV).

Nurturing Humility and Compassion

Now that we understand the significance of humility and compassion, let’s explore some practical ways to cultivate these virtues in our daily lives:

1. Practice Active Listening

When we truly listen to others without judgment or interruption, we show humility and compassion. Take the time to hear and understand the perspectives of your employees, colleagues, and customers. This fosters a culture of respect and cooperation.

2. Extend a Helping Hand

Look for opportunities to lend a helping hand, both within and outside your business. Acts of kindness, no matter how small, can make a significant impact on others’ lives. Whether it’s offering support to a struggling colleague or contributing to a charitable cause, let compassion guide your actions.

3. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude keeps us grounded and humble. Take a moment each day to reflect on the blessings in your life. Express appreciation to your team, customers, and loved ones. Gratitude fosters humility and opens our hearts to the needs of others.

As we embrace humility and compassion, we not only enhance our own lives but also create a ripple effect of positivity in the world. Let us strive to be a beacon of humility and compassion in our businesses, inspiring others to do the same. Together, we can make a difference.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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