Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Humility and Poverty of Spirit

"Again, another grace that you must earnestly seek the increase of is humility and poverty of spirit. There is no grace whatsover that has so many promises of comfort and of the tokens of God's presence and favor made to it in the Scriptures as such a spirit as this. If you indulge a spirit of pride, a spirit of high conceit of your own godliness or any other qualification, or an ambitious revengeful spirit, a spirit of high resentment in your behavior among men, you will not be likely ever to obtain a steady assurance.

But if you would obtain this, you must earnestly seek that you may be meek and lowly of heart, and be more and more as a lamb, or dove, or a little child."

From I Know My Redeemer Lives (1740), published in The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader.


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