That Our Pride Would Humble
I was helped yet again this morning by Richard Baxter, who though dead to this world, is more alive with Jesus than ever I could imagine for the now time. After all to live is Christ but to die is gain and more of Christ.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691) lovingly and yet forcefully assaulted my pride with a barrage of words that caused me to yield to a time of introspection and contemplation. Here are a few sentences that helped me this morning to think less of myself and more of God.
- “Is not pride the sin of devils-the first-born of hell? Is it not wherein Satan’s image doth much consist?”
- “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 creation.”
- “It is a contradiction in terms, to be a Christian, and not humble.”
- “And if we know more than others, we must know more reason than others to be humble. How little is it that the most learned know, in comparison of that which they are ignorant!”
- “Our very business is to teach the great lesson of humility to our people; and how unfit, then, is it that we should be proud ourselves?”
- “I beseech you consider whether it will save us to speak well of the grace of humility while we possess it not, or to speak against the sin of pride while we indulge in it?”
- “I confess I feel such continual danger at this point, that if I do not watch, lest I should study for myself, and preach for myself, and write for myself, rather than for Christ, I should soon miscarry.”