PRIDE CANNOT LIVE BENEATH THE CROSS!

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“Jesus is the great teacher of ‘humility of heart’. We need daily to learn of Him. See the Master taking a towel and washing His disciples feet! Follower of Christ–will you not humble yourself? See Him as the Servant of servants–and surely you cannot be proud! Is not this sentence the compendium of His biography, “He humbled Himself”? Was He not on earth, always stripping off first one robe of honor and then another–until, naked, He was fastened to the cross; and there did He not empty out His inmost self, pouring out His life-blood, giving up for all of us, until they laid Him penniless in a borrowed grave?

How low was our dear Redeemer brought! How then can we be proud?

Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple drops by which you have been cleansed. See His thorn-crown; mark His scourged shoulders, still gushing with crimsoned rills; see His hands and feet given up to the rough iron spikes, and His whole self to mockery and scorn; see the bitterness, and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief, showing themselves in His outward frame; hear the horrid cry,
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me!”

If you do not lie prostrate on the ground before that cross–you have never seen it! If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus–you do not know Him. You were so lost that nothing could save you–but the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. Think of that, and as Jesus stooped for you–bow yourself in humility at His feet.

A sense of Christ’s amazing love to us–has a greater tendency to humble us, than even a consciousness of our own guilt. May the Lord bring us in contemplation, to Calvary. Then our position will no longer be that of pompous pride–but we shall take the humble place of one who loves much–because much has been forgiven him. Pride cannot live beneath the cross! Let us sit there and learn our lesson–and then rise and carry it into practice!”

— Charles Spurgeon

PUTTING SELF IN ITS PROPER PLACE

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Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Luke 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

 

HUMILITY

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“Humility is one of the strongest evidences of the indwelling of the Spirit of God. We know nothing of humility by nature — for we are all born proud.

To convince us of sin,
to show us our own vileness and corruption,
to put us in our right place,
to make us humble and self-abased
— these are among the principal works which the Holy Spirit works in the soul of man.

Few of our Lord’s sayings are so often repeated as the one which closes the parable of the Pharisee and Tax-collector, “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled — and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14) To have great gifts, and do great works for God, is not given to all believers. But all believers ought to strive to be clothed with humility.”

“All of you — clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

— J C Ryle

“Humility is a lovely garment. Let a child of God look at his face every morning in the looking-glass of God’s Word, and see his sinful spots. This will make him walk humbly all the day after. God cannot endure to see his children grow proud. He allows them to fall into sin, as he did Peter, that their plumes of pride may fall off, and that they may walk humbly.”

— Thomas Watson