Tag: Humility

We Do Not Live The Lives of Christians!

William Law 90x115by William Law

If our common life is not a common course of . . .  humility, self denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit, and heavenly affection, we do not live the lives of Christians!

But yet though it is thus plain that this, and this alone, is Christianity: a uniform, open, and visible practice of all these virtues. Yet it is as plain, that there is little or nothing of this to be found, even among the better sort of people.

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“By the Grace of God I Am What I Am”

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . . —1 Corinthians 15:10

The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as,

“Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint.”

But to say that before God means,

“No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.”

That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.

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