Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Humility and Pride



"A dispute arose among them as to which of them
 was considered to be greatest."  Luke 22:24

See how firmly pride and love of preeminence
can stick to the hearts of Christian men!

The sin before us is a very old one . . .
ambition
self esteem, and
self conceit
lie deep at the bottom of all men's hearts,
and often in the hearts where they are least suspected.

Thousands imagine that they are humble,
who cannot bear to see an equal more honored
and favored than themselves!

The quantity of envy and jealousy in the world
is a glaring proof of the prevalence of pride.

Let us live on our guard against this sore disease,
if we make any profession of serving Christ. 
The harm that it has done to the Church of Christ is
far beyond calculation.

Let us learn to take pleasure in the prosperity of others, 
and to be content with the lowest
place for ourselves.



 --J. C. Ryle, "The Gospel of Luke" 1858



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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this, very important to remember that 'being important' is not a new thing, but something people struggle with always.

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  2. Thank you for posting this. After reading the post at "Like a Bubbling Brook" today I have been thinking over these issues in my own life. Envy and pride...like evil twins ...it's so easy to dress them in sweet garb.

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  3. Ah another post that hits a sore spot in the dark corners of my heart! Though it may be comfortable for us to confess that we want His light to show forth in the darkest crevices throughout our hearts and illuminate and erradicate every evil and wicked way, it is much more painful when it comes down to it. Although, I must conceed, if we have truly died to ourselves we will see the value of the pain as His Light begins to shine ever more brilliantly in our lives.

    Father, this is my prayer, let my life be rid of every evil and wicked way and be filled up with all the goodness and brightness of You. I desire to walk in Your ways and be wholly consumed in Your love. Let me desire to obey You above my comfort, above my fleshly lusts and passions, and above my ego or vanity. Let my life be the sweet fragrance of Your love in every place I go. I want my life to be pleasing unto You, O Lord. Please also bless these dear Ladies who desire and seek You, with all their hearts. ~ Amen

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  4. Wow. It just could not be said better! Very piercing.Remember Saul, the hand of God left him and he was unaware of it. We all need to search our hearts. We either can humble ourselves or be humbled by God.

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  5. Dear Ladies,

    Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit here. Maiden Princess, thanks for sharing your prayer with us, it is my prayer to that my life would be a sweet fragrance to Him.

    Many blessings...

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  6. Susan,

    Yes, Jaime did a great post over at Like A Bubbling Brook--hope everyone gets a chance to read it!

    Many blessings...

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