Monday, August 25, 2008

Humility: True Greatness - by C. J. Mahaney

"Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God's holiness and our sinfulness." (pg. 22)

"Why does God hate pride so passionately? Here's why: Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him." (pg. 31)

"Here's an essential truth: To learn true humility, we need more than a redefinition of greatness; we need even more than Jesus' personal example of humble service. What we need is His death." (pg. 47)

"The end of each day offers us a unique opportunity to cultivate humility and weaken pride, as well as to sense God's pleasure. How? By reviewing our day and carefully assigning all glory to God for the grace we've experienced that day." (pg. 79)

"...only those who are humble can consistently identify evidences of grace in others who need adjustment. It's something the proud and the self-righteous are incapable of." (pg. 100)

"Our deliberate pursuit of obedience and growth in godliness isn't something we enter into with self-confidence, but as an expression of humble dependence upon the God who is actively working." (pg. 105)

"The biblical purpose for every conversation you have, in every personal interaction, is that the person who hears you will receive grace." (pg. 118)

"As I understand it, corrupt talk is the fruit of pride and the revealer of pride, while edifying words are the fruit of hearts that have been transformed by the gospel and evidence that a heart has been humbled by the gospel. Only the humble are genuinely concerned about edifying and encouraging others." (pg. 121)

C. J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2005)