Friday, May 04, 2018

Brooks: even humility is relative

Friday, May 4, 2018
    Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation
    You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.
    —2 Corinthians 3:3-4 (NIV)
    The true way to be humble is not to stoop till thou art smaller than thyself, but to stand at thy real height against some higher nature that will show thee what the real smallness of thy greatness is.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Sermons, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1878, Sermon XIX, p. 341 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 3:3-4; Matt. 20:25-28; Mark 9:35; 10:42-45; 12:41-44; Luke 13:30; 14:10-11; 18:14; Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let my life show forth the glory of the Gospel.
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