“Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
“Be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud — but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
Those who are haughty and self-conceited rush against the mighty hand of God and destroy themselves, but those that are humbled under it will be protected by the same. Whatever knowledge or skill we may obtain in the schools of human learning, the Scripture does not allow us to be truly wise — but calls us blind and mere worldly students until we learn to be poor in spirit, lowly in heart, and dead to the world (Proverbs 11:2; 1 Corinthians 1 and 2).
Therefore, the more a man dies to this world, the more he is enlightened and the more he lives to Christ and becomes one with Him. Naturally, we love pride and hate humility. But in proportion, as we are taught by the Spirit of God, we admire, long, and pray for humility. The dust is our proper place, and the lower we lie, the happier and holier we shall be.
Nature was ruined by pride, and it is restored by humility. Better, therefore, to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud. “Walk humbly with your God.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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