27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?
Among the many questions Alma asks to members of the church during his sermon to Zarahemla is a question about humility. He asks if they have been “sufficiently humble.” I don’t think he’s asking them to measure their level of humility against a minimum standard. I think the purpose of the question was to prompt them to think about what they could do to be more humble.
I love President Ezra Taft Benson’s talk on pride. At the end of the talk, he provided a list of things we can do to humble ourselves:
- “Conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters,… and lifting them as high or higher than ourselves”
- “Receiving counsel and chastisement [graciously]”
- “Forgiving those who have offended us”
- “Rendering selfless service”
- “Going on missions and preaching the word that can humble others”
- “Getting to the temple more frequently”
- “Confessing and forsaking our sins and being born of God”
- “Loving God, submitting our will to His, and putting Him first in our lives”
(“Beware of Pride,” General Conference, April 1989)
Today, I will ponder what I can do to be more humble. I will take specific actions to humble myself.