Pride and Humility, Folly and Faith

Tomorrow I'm preaching on Habakkuk 2:4 addressing the Danger of Pride and the Humility of Faith. Here are some good words to meditate on. At the end of the post are a few solid resources I highly recommend.

That’s the twin reality that all genuine humility is rooted in: God’s holiness and our sinfulness. Without an honest awareness of both these realities... all self-evaluation will be skewed and we’ll fail to either understand or practice true humility. We’ll miss out on experiencing the promise and the pleasures that humility offers. - CJ Mahaney, Humility

Humility makes a man like to angels--and pride makes an angel a devil. Pride is worse than the devil, for the devil cannot hurt you until pride has possessed you.

If you would see the devil portrayed to the life--look upon a proud soul; for as face answers to face, so does a proud soul answer to Satan.

Proud souls are Satan's apes, and none imitate him to the life like these. And oh that they were sensible of it, before it is too late, before the door of darkness be shut upon them! - Thomas Brooks, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

O that the Lord would lay us at his feet in the tears of unfeigned sorrow for this sin! Brethren, may I expostulate this case a little with my own heart and yours, that we may see the evil of our sin, and be reformed! Is not pride the sin of devils, the first-born of hell? Is it not that wherein Satan’s image doth much consist? And is it to be tolerated in men who are so engaged against him and his kingdom as we are? The very design of the gospel is to abase us, and the work of grace is begun and carried on in humiliation. Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature. It is a contradiction in terms, to be a Christian, and not humble. All who will be Christians must be Christ’s disciples, and ‘come to him to learn’; and the lesson which he teacheth them, is, to “be meek and lowly.” - Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor

Oh, if ever you would have your souls kept humble, dwell upon the free grace and love of God to you in Christ! Dwell upon . . .

the firstness of His love, the freeness of His love, the greatness of His love, the fullness of His love, the unchangeableness of His love, the everlastingness of His love, and the ardency of His love.

If this does not humble you, there is nothing on earth which will do it. Dwell upon what God has undertaken for you. Dwell upon the choice and worthy gifts which He has bestowed on you. Dwell upon that eternal glory and happiness which He has prepared for you--and then be proud if you can. - Thomas Brooks, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

 

Resources

Humility, C.J. Mahaney Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, Matthew Henry (my personal favorite)