HUMILITY is a most precious grace–it is filled with beauty, loveliness, and glory. This is the garment which the Savior always wore. This is the grace which gave such a charm to all that He did and said. It is one of our best garments, and without it the soul is generally naked. “All of you—be clothed with humility–.” 1 Peter 5:5.
For lack of humility–the Church is rent and torn with divisions. For lack of humility–believers bring many trials and crosses on themselves, and sow the bitter seeds of trouble and remorse.
If I were truly humble, I must be happy, for it is with such Jehovah dwells: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble
“–pride and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13. Pride is . . .
most loathsome to God,
injurious to men, and
a stronghold of Satan within us.
“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble!” James 4:6. He keeps the proud at a distance, and will not allow them to approach him: “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” Psalm 138:6. He threatens them with everlasting destruction. “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5
Lord, give me true humility, and let me be clothed with it from day to day!“– To such He looks with esteem, love, and delight: “–to this man will I look, even to him that is of poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2(By James Smith, 1855, Scripture references changed to the KJV.)