Grace Through the Humble To the Humble

Not all that looks like humility is actually humility. And sometimes what looks like pride to the world is actually loving concern. True Christian fellowship means that we must correct friends and family in their sin. So how do we offer such guidance to loved ones in a way that they can receive? And how do we make sure we serve them out of godly motives? Council members James MacDonald and C.J. Mahaney hash out these difficult questions in the latest video in TGC’s roundtable series.

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  • Gabriel Tseng

    this is good. humility from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Not just grace to the humble- grace through the humble- and letting the message speak for itself. and…..grace so that we re humbled!!
    so sweet so sweet the grace of God

  • Dale Pfeiffer

    I have read CJ’s book on Humility several times. It has been used by the Holy Spirit to changed my life.

  • Steve Cornell

    Some of the most perceptive thinking on humility that I’ve read is found in “Spiritual Emotions” by Robert Roberts. He wrote:

    “The opposite of humility as a virtue is not self-confidence, initiative, assertiveness, and self-esteem, but instead pushiness, scorn of ‘inferiors,’ rejoicing in the downfall of others, envy, resentment and grudge-bearing….” (Robert Roberts)

    “Humility is not itself an emotion, like joy or gratitude or contrition. A person could be a wonderful exemplar of humility without ever feeling humble; in fact, one who frequently feels humble is probably not very humble. But humility is an emotion-disposition—primarily a negative one, a disposition not to feel the emotions associated with caring a lot about one’s status.”

    Humility “is the ability to have my self-comfort quite apart from any question about my place in the social pecking order (whether the criterion is accomplishments, education, beauty, money, power, fame, or position); it is the absence of a spiritually cannibalistic appetite. Humility is cannibal-anorexia, as we might say. It is thus a self-confidence, one that runs far deeper than the tenuous self-confidence of the person who believes in himself because others look up to him.”

    “If this is humility, two things follow. First…our inclination to succumb to invidious comparisons is so great, and the means of making these comparisons are so ready-to-hand, that a necessary part of our defense against spiritual cannibalism will be an equally clear conceptualization of our neighbor as our equal. And second, we need some basis of self-acceptance other than our success in competition with others.”

    See: The Greatness of Humility: A foretaste of the Kingdom

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  • jj

    Finding humility in Christians or in America for that matter is like looking for a needle in a hay stack… just from my experience… wish this isn’t true

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