The Meaning of Humility (1 Peter 5:5)

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The 19th-century South African pastor Andrew Murray wrote some words that have convicted and challenged me often. He said, “Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is for me to have no trouble; never to be fretted or vexed or irritated or sore or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace as in a deep sea of calmness when all around is trouble. It is the fruit of the Lord Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on Calvary’s cross, manifested in those of His own who are definitely subject to the Holy Spirit.

No sooner do we as Christians think we’ve attained some degree of humility than the Lord shows us through a humiliating experience or a reversal of circumstances how deep-seated our pride really is. John Henry Jowett told of a camp meeting where he was to speak. He said, “At the beginning of the service, prayer was offered for me. It opened with this inspired supplication: ‘O Lord, we thank You for our brother – now blot him out!’“ Yes, unless we are willing to be “blotted out” so that Christ may be seen through us, we will not experience the full blessing of the Lord in our lives.

 The more we get to know God and our own heart, the more we see our need for true humility. – Henry B. Bosch

 When all is done, renounce your pride,

Self-praise and boasting scorn;

So shall you glorify the Lord,

And this God’s name adorn. – Anon.

 Humility is a strange thing – when you think you have it, you haven’t.

  • August 15, 1987, Our Daily Bread 
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