(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-30
HUMILITY is a most precious grace; it is filled with beauty, loveliness, and glory. This is the garment which the Savior always wore. This is the grace which gave such a charm to all that He did and said. It is one of our best garments, and without it the soul is generally naked. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” 1 Peter 5:5.
For lack of humility, the Church is rent and torn with divisions. For lack of humility, believers bring many trials and crosses on themselves, and sow the bitter seeds of trouble and remorse.
If I were truly humble, I must be happy, for it is with such Jehovah dwells:
“For this is what the high and lofty One says, He who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and humble in spirit.” Isaiah 57:15. To such He looks with esteem, love, and delight: “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2.
“I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13. Pride is . . .
most loathsome to God,
injurious to men, and
a stronghold of Satan within us.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble!” James 4:6. He keeps the proud at a distance, and will not allow them to approach him: “Though the Lord is great, He cares for the humble, but He keeps His distance from the proud!” Psalm 138:6. He threatens them with everlasting destruction. “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished!” Proverbs 16:5
Lord, give me true humility, and let me be clothed with it from day to day!
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