“Humility, the Highest Grace”

“‘And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant.’ (Luke 1:46-56) Let us mark Mary’s deep humility in this hymn of praise. She who was chosen of God to the high honor of being Messiah’s mother speaks of her own ‘humble estate,’ and acknowledges her need of a ‘Savior.’ She uses the language of one who has been taught by the grace of God to feel her own sins, and need a Savior for her own soul.”

“Let us copy this holy humility of our Lord’s mother. Like her, let us be lowly in our own eyes, and think little of ourselves. Humility is the highest grace that can adorn the Christian character. It is a true saying of an old divine, ‘A man has just so much Christianity as he has humility.’ This is the grace which is most suitable to sinful human nature.”

“Above all, humility is the grace which is within the reach of every converted person! All are not rich. All are not learned. All are not highly gifted. All are not preachers. But all children of God may be clothed with humility!”

By J. C. Ryle, Grace Gems <pilgrim@gracegems.org>


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