Sweet Grace

“Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, to humble you.” Deut. 8:2

We learn humility by a deep discovery of what we are; by an opening up of . . .

  • the corruption,
  • the weakness,
  • the wickedness,
  • of our fallen nature.

The Lord’s way of teaching His people humility is by placing them first in one trying spot, and then in another; by allowing . . .

  • some temptation to arise;
  • some stumbling block to be in their path;
  • some besetting sin to work upon their corrupt affections;
  • some idol to be embraced by their idolatrous heart;
  • something to take place to draw out the sin which is
  • in their heart; and thus make it manifest to their sight.

As a general rule, we learn humility, not by hearing ministers tell us what wicked creatures we are; nor by merely looking into our bosoms and seeing a whole swarm of evils working there; but from being compelled by painful necessity to believe that we are vile, through circumstances and events time after time bringing to light those hidden evils in our heart, which we once thought ourselves pretty free from.

We learn humility, not merely by a discovery of what we are, but also by a discovery of what Jesus is.

We need a glimpse . . .

  • of Jesus,
  • of His love,
  • of His grace,
  • of His blood.

When these two feelings meet together in our bosom . . .

  • our shame, and the Lord’s goodness;
  • our guilt, and His forgiveness;
  • our wickedness, and His superabounding mercy;
  • they break us, humble us, and lay us, dissolved in tears
  • of godly sorrow and contrition, at the footstool of mercy!

And thus we learn humility, that sweet grace, that blessed fruit of the Spirit in real, vital, soul-experience.

(J. C. Philpot, “Pilgrims’ Hunger and Pilgrims’ Food”) From Grace Gems

We learn humility, not merely by a discovery of what
we are, but also by a discovery of what Jesus is.

*Emphasis Mine, Pictures Not Mine

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