Resources by Humility

A Sermon Upon One Nothing by Another Nothing

THE divine discipline had succeeded well with the apostle Paul. There was danger of his being exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelation which he received, and therefore there was given him a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet him: this trial fully answered its purpose, and Paul remained a lowly-minded servant of Jesus Christ. His humility comes out in the incident before us....

2 Corinthians 12:11

The Centurion: Or, an Exhortation to the Virtuous

THIS centurion certainly had a high reputation. Two features of character blend in him which do not often meet in such graceful harmony. He won the high opinion of others and yet he held a low estimation of himself. There are some who think little of themselves; and they are quite correct in their feelings, as all the world would endorse the estimate of their littleness. Others there are who...

Luke 7:4-9

Self-Humbling and Self-Searching

Jan 14      Whence do I draw my text but from the very fountain of love? And to whom shall I address my discourse but to the friends of the bridegroom? Ye must have warm hearts, quick sensibilities, lively emotions to interpret the sayings and sympathise the tender notes of this most sacred song.      I suppose that the history of the statues in St. Paul's Cathedral, from year to...

Song of Solomon 1:6

Self Low, but Christ High

Aug 31 THIS centurion was a worthy man from the human point of view; hut he called himself unworthy when he turned towards our Lord. He was so excellent a man that the elders of the Jews, who were by no means partial to Roman soldiers, pleaded with Jesus that he was worthy. Had he been personally there, he would have repudiated their plea; and he did so by the second party...

Matthew 8:8

Our Lord in the Valley of Humiliation

Jun 5 PAUL wishes to unite the saints in Philippi, in the holy bands of love. To do this, he takes them to the cross. Beloved, there is a cure for every spiritual disease in the cross. There is food for every spiritual virtue in the Saviour. We never go to him too often. He is never a dry well, or a vine from which every cluster has been taken. We do...

Philippians 2:8

A Homily for Humble Folks

Apr 13 SOMETIMES it is necessary for a speaker to refer to himself, and he may feel it needful to do so in a way peculiar to the occasion. When Elihu addressed himself to Job and the three wise men, he commended himself to them, saying, “I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me”; but when Agur instructed his two disciples, Ithiel and Ucal, he spoke in the lowliest...

Proverbs 30:2

Humility the Friend of Prayer

Jun 22 JACOB’S character was far from faultless, but equally removed from despicable. He possessed great strength of character and force of judgment, and this became somewhat a snare to him, so that he did not always move through life with the childlike repose of Isaac, or the royal serenity of Abraham, but was at times crafty and pettifogging, like his relatives on the mother’s side. Yet I demur to that depreciation...

Genesis 32:10

Walking Humbly with God

Sep 12 WE shall chiefly dwell upon the last line:— “To walk humbly with thy God.”      Man asks, “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God?” and, as if he must set himself to answer his own question, he further enquires, “Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or...

Micah 6:8

Marrow and Fatness

Mar 29 DAVID was overwhelmed with the mercy of God: Nathan’s message was too much for him. He felt emotions in his bosom which he could not express. Like a wise man, he went at once, while under the impulse of gratitude, into the place of nearness to God. It was not every one who might go in and sit before the Lord as he did; but he felt he had a...

2 Samuel 7:18-22

Loosing the Shoe-Latchet

Mar 31 IT was not John’s business to attract followers to himself but to point them to Jesus, and he very faithfully discharged his commission. His opinion of his Master, of whom he was the herald, was a very high one; he reverenced him as the anointed of the Lord, the King of Israel, and, consequently, he was not tempted into elevating himself into a rival. He rejoiced to declare “he must...

Luke 3:16