A Bit of Research: Humility

Posted: 01/31/2011 in Uncategorized

I am currently reading a book on humility that was lent to me by a good friend. I’m not very far into it, but there are some quotes that I am trying to digest:

“This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word”

(God; Isaiah 66:2)

“Humility draws the gaze of our Sovereign God” (CJ Mahaney; Humility)

“The pleasures of humility are really the most refined, inward, and exquisite delights in the world.” (Jonathan Edwards)

“It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself” (John Calvin)

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness”

(CJ Mahaney; Humility)

“A modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.” (Winston Churchill)

“The real issue here is not if pride exists in your heart; it’s where pride exists and how pride is being expressed in your life.” (CJ Mahaney; Humility)

“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.”

(John Stott)

“Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon him.” (CJ Mahaney; Humility)

“God cannot bear with seeing his glory appropriated by the creature in the even the smallest degree, so intolerable to him is the sacrilegious arrogance of those who, by praising themselves, obscure his glory as far as they can.” (John Calvin)

“God opposes the proud.” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5)(similar idea: Proverbs 8:13 & 16:5)

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be a slave of all.” (Jesus; Mark 10:43-44)

“To learn true humility, we need more than a redefinition of greatness; we need even more than Jesus’ personal example of humble service. What we need is His death.”

(CJ Mahaney; Humility)

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Jesus; Mark 10:45)

“In true humility, our own service to other is always both and effect of His unique sacrifice and the evidence of it.” (CJ Mahaney; Humility)

“At the source of all Christian service in the world is the crucified and risen Lord who died to liberate us into such service.” (Donald English)

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