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Biblical Humility

The Bible describes humility as meekness, lowliness and absence of self. The Greek word translated “humility” in Colossians 3:12 and elsewhere literally means “lowliness of mind,” so we see that humility is a heart attitude, not merely an outward demeanor. One may put on an outward show of humility but... Read more →

Wrapped in Humility

“Christ Jesus … made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7). In eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit shared coequally in all God is. The Son who was about to become incarnate... Read more →

License, Legalism, and Liberty 

When you preach the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus, there is always a risk that people who do not fully grasp it will think you are preaching license. Why? Because the grace of God results in liberty. And to some, this “looks” or “sounds” like license.  Of course, liberty... Read more →

Not Mine

In the Gospel of John, our Lord Jesus speaks frequently of His relation to the Father, of the motives by which He is guided, and of His consciousness of the power and spirit in which He acts. Though the word humble does not occur in these Scriptures, we can clearly... Read more →

Liberty and Lordship

“Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). In other words, you are light in Christ. Now live that way! The “gospel” of license, the “gospel” of legalism, and Paul’s gospel represent three very different postures when it comes... Read more →

He Must Increase

“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). In a “Peanuts” cartoon, Linus tells Charlie Brown, “When I get big, I’m going to be a humble little country doctor. I’ll live in the city, and every morning I’ll get up, climb into my sports car, and zoom into the... Read more →

Three Dogs 

Dr. A. T. Schofield used to point out that there were three sorts of dogs in his city. The wild dog that roamed the streets at will, stole meals from garbage cans, and often came to an inglorious end in the lethal chamber of the humane society; the chained dog,... Read more →

Pride and Humility

“Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.” So said John Stott, whose succinct statement goes straight to the heart of what the Bible teaches about the deadly root of our sins and sorrows. Pride Pride can be summarized as an attitude of self-sufficiency, self-importance, and self-exaltation in... Read more →

Free Indeed

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). A man on death row might be free without knowing it; a pardon may have been issued, but the news has not yet reached his ears. All the while, the prisoner is wringing his hands,... Read more →

God Resists the Proud

“All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). We need a new realization of our Savior’s humility. Without it we are in trouble, for God “resisteth the proud.” “Resisteth” embodies the... Read more →

Freedom to Choose

The Christian has freedom to make decisions about matters that are not revealed in Scripture without fear of sinning against God. In Genesis, before the Fall, Adam was given freedom to name the animals, however he saw fit (Genesis 2:19). Regarding his food, God told Adam, “Of every tree of... Read more →

Our Example

“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15). On the way to the Last Supper, the ambitious disciples had been... Read more →

Limited by Love

Please read Romans chapter 14. Have you ever used the right thing in the wrong way? Think of perfume or cologne. If you use it in the right way, a small amount actually makes you somewhat appealing to most people. But use it in the wrong way—use too much—and you... Read more →

True Greatness

“Whosoever will be great among you, shall be … servant of all” (Mark 10:43-44). If you’re a parent, I ask you to consider carefully your influence on your children and your responsibility for them. What are your ambitions for them? Do your ambitions for your son or daughter include a... Read more →

Liberty to Let it Alone

Some years ago when I was preaching in Detroit, I met a former Muslim from India who had been brought to know the Lord Jesus Christ. When I was chatting with this brother, Mr. Ali by name, a young girl came by passing out sandwiches. She said, “Won’t you have... Read more →

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