There is no grace which should distinguish the Christian so much as humility. He that would be great in the eyes of Christ must aim at a totally different mark from that of the Pharisees. His aim must be, not so much to rule, as to serve. The desire of the Pharisee was to receive honor and to be called “master”. The desire of the Christian must be to do good and to give himself and all that he has to the service of others. Truly this is a high standard, but a lower one must never content us.

The example of our blessed Lord and the direct command of the the Apostle Peter require us to be “clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5). Let us seek that blessed grace day by day. No grace is so beautiful, yet so despised by the world. No grace is such an evidence of saving faith and true conversion and no grace is so often commended by our Lord, who says, “Whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 2312).

– J. C. Ryle

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