Humility and Pride

Wednesday is for Thinking

CS Lewis on Humility

Much of the best progress in the Christian life involves finding new opportunities to be humble and to beat down our pride. It is part of striving not to grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). Sometimes, it’s hard and I am so glad I have my long-suffering bride to help me move toward holiness.

This from The Christian Hymn Book:

What grace, O Lord, and beauty shone
.       Around Thy steps below;
What patient love was seen in all
.       Thy life and death of woe!
O give us hearts to love like Thee
.       Like Thee, O Lord, to grieve
Far more for others’ sins than all
.       The wrongs that we receive.

 The Christian Hymn Book, (1876)

Those last two lines speak of a universal tendency. 

  • We focus on the wrongs we receive (or think we receive) rather than grieve the sins of others and the weight of judgment being mounted on unrepentant lives. 
  • We focus on our own pain rather than the pain inflicted on others.
  • We focus on our own suffering rather than the suffering of others.

But the battle is that we would have hearts like the heart of the Savior and so grieve over sin that we, like him, would incarnate the gospel, and become compassionate preachers of righteousness and the Kingdom of God. Let’s keep battling for holiness together. Let’s obey Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV).

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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