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the new covenant (Jeremiah 31)

  31  ¶Behold, the days come, saith the  Lord , that I will make a  a new   b covenant  with the house of  c Israel , and with the house of Judah:   32  Not according to the  a covenant  that I made with their fathers in the day  that  I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the  Lord :   33  But this  shall be  the  a covenant  that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the  Lord , I will put my  b law  in their inward parts, and write it in their  c hearts ; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.   34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the  Lord : for they shall all  a know  me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the  Lord : for I will forgive their  b iniquity , and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34

the first test of a great man is humility (Ruskin; Jensen)

I resonate to the English author John Ruskin’s memorable statement that “the first test of a truly great man is his humility.” He continued: “I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power. … [But really] great men … have a curious … feeling that … greatness is not in them, but through them. … And they see something Divine … in every other man … , and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” Elder Marlin K. Jensen, April 2001 General Conference conference/2001/04/to-walk- humbly-with-thy-god?lang=eng