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Avoiding folly

Avoiding folly

It takes humility to develop a strategy for avoiding folly, to recognise that our own strength may not be enough when faced with temptation, to acknowledge our susceptibility to group pressure, to ask for help. ‘Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall’ Proverbs 16:18. John Calvin begins his Institutes of the Christian Religion by stating: ‘Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves’. Humility is grounded in an honest recognition of our own weakness and need – and in the greatness of God.

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