Dignity of Faith

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Doris Martin, a world-renowned consultant, reached one conclusion after observing and studying various people for 20 years: the difference between success and failure in life stems from an individual’s habitus. Habitus, a concept established by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, refers to the habits and tastes ingrained in the body by education or social and cultural environments.

In her book, Martin focused on the habitus of individuals who achieved significant success in various fields. She identified common lessons they received, including: ① Don’t be swayed by criticism. ② Generosity builds dignity. ③ Set clear goals and work toward achieving them. ④ The language one uses reveals their status. Through these lessons, these individuals acquired virtues such as strong determination, insight, and diligence.

Similarly, on the journey toward the destination of heaven, there are virtues that one must embody. According to 2 Peter 1:4, those who will eventually enter heaven must participate in the divine nature. As one draws closer to the characteristics of God—such as humility, patience, gentleness, and love—the dignity of faith is elevated.

The dignity of faith is not achieved overnight. If there are areas that are lacking or need improvement, instead of trying to change everything at once, we should strive steadily and consistently. By practicing each teaching found in the Bible, we will eventually come face to face with ourselves who possess a higher dignity of faith.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col 3:12–14