Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wilberforce: the low esteem of humility

Sunday, July 30, 2017
    Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833
    The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
    —Proverbs 16:5 (NIV)
    A just pride, a proper and becoming pride, are terms which we daily hear from Christian lips. To possess a high spirit, to behave with proper spirit when used ill,—by which is meant a quick feeling of injuries, and a promptness in resenting them,—entitles to commendation; and a meek-spirited disposition, the highest Scripture eulogium, expresses ideas of disapprobation and contempt. Vanity and vainglory are suffered without interruption to retain their natural possession of the heart.
    ... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 175 (see the book)
    See also Prov. 16:5; Matt. 5:5; 23:12; Luke 1:52; 14:11; Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to honor humility in others.
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