James McCosh: True Humility

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Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of His covenant. For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Psalm 25:8-11

“True humility is a Christian grace and one of the fruits of the Spirit originating in a deep consciousness of sin past and present and leading us to discover our nothingness in the view of God, our insufficiency for any thing that is good, and prompting us, as we feel our infirmities, to strive after higher and yet higher attainments.”

James McCosh in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 329.

We need to see ourselves rightly before God if we are to remain teachable and if we are to walk in His ways. We are sinners with an “insufficiency for any thing that is good.”

So how does this relate to generosity? True humility teaches us take our rightful place as conduits of divine grace. Any good we do is by His grace, so our role is really only spreading God’s goodness.

God, forgive us our sins and pour out your grace on us. Teach us Your ways by your Holy Spirit so we may walk in your truth and guide others to You. In Your mercy, hear our prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.