I enjoyed Jerry Bridges’ book, The Blessing of Humility. It’s a readable discussion of humility based on the Beatitudes. Chapter ten of this book is called, “The Humility and the Gospel.” Below are four main points Bridges makes in this chapter. I’ve summarized them for the sake of space. The question is this: How does the good news of the gospel help keep us humble every day?
For one thing, it frees us up to be honest with ourselves about our sin. We can face our sin squarely when we know that it is forgiven. Even when a particular sin is vile in our eyes – not to mention God’s eyes – we can call it what it is, and thank God for his forgiveness.
The second way the gospel helps us live a life of humility is to show us another person’s sin in light of our own. To paraphrase and even enlarge on the words of one of the Puritans, the proud person is so busy judging the sins of other people that he or she has no time to see the sins of his or her own heart. Meanwhile, the humble person is so busy dealing with his or her own sins that he or she has no time to judge the sins of others.
A third way the gospel helps us walk in humility is that it helps us practice meekness and mercy. We can only truly appreciate the gospel when we see it through the lens of our sin. And as we do that, we can forgive the sins of others because we have been forgiven so much.
Fourth, the gospel motivates us to want to live in purity of heart – that is, to have as our supreme goal in life to live no longer for ourselves but Him who redeemed us to be a people for his own possession. …I find myself often praying over a few phrases from the old hymn “My Faith Looks Up to Thee.” ‘Take all my guilt away / O let me from this day / Be wholly Thine!’
In summary, I would say that it is impossible to truly walk in humility without to some degree appropriating the truth of the gospel every day.
Jerry Bridges, The Blessing of Humility, p. 86-88.
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