Thursday, 9 October 2014


Humility-Puritan Thoughts

Humility is the repentance of pride.
Nehemiah Rogers

Humility is both a grace and a vessel to receive grace.                                                                                          
John Trapp

Pride is a sinner’s torment, but humility is a saint’s ornament.
William Secker

The best of God’s people have abhorred themselves. Like the spire of a steeple, we are least at the highest.
Thomas Manton

Many are humbled, but not humble, low, but not lowly.
John Trapp

When the corn is nearly ripe it bows the head and stoops lower than when it was green. When the people of God are near ripe for heaven, they grow more humble and self-denying…Paul had one foot in heaven when he called himself the chiefest of sinners and the least of saints.
John Flavel

Humility is a necessary veil to all other graces.
William Gurnall

Humility doth no more require that a wise man think his knowledge equal with a fool's, or ignorant man's, than that a sound man take himself to be sick.
Richard Baxter

By humility I mean not the abjectness of a base mind; but a prudent care not to over-value ourselves upon any account.
Obadiah Grew

To affect obscurity or submission is base and suspicious; but that man, whose modesty presents him mean to his own eyes and lowly to others, is commonly secretly rich in virtue. Give me rather a low fullness than an empty advancement.
Joseph Hall

A sight of God's glory humbles. The stars vanish when the sun appears.
Thomas Watson

Humility wrestleth with God, like Jacob, and wins by yielding.
Thomas Adams

In spiritual graces let us study to be great, and not to know it.
Thomas Adams

Let us take care to be and to do as we should, and then for noise and report, let it be good or ill as God will send it.... If we seek to be in the mouths of men, to dwell in the talk and speech of men, God will abhor us.... Therefore let us labour to be good in secret. Christians should be as minerals, rich in the depth of the earth.
Richard Sibbes

Four reasons written in the heart of an humble saint:
(1) When he looks upon another that is a sinner, he considereth that he has been worse than he.
(2) A humble heart thinks himself to be worse still.
(3) It is God that hath made it and not anything in himself.
(4) He considereth that the vilest sinner may be, in God's good time, better than he.
Walter Cradock

Well, Christians, remember this, God hath two strings to His bow; if your hearts will not lie humble and low under the sense of sin and misery, He will make them lie low under the lack of some desired mercy.
Thomas Brooks

Humility is a strange flower; it grows best in winter weather, or storms of affliction.
Samuel Rutherford

We were earth, we are flesh, and we shall be worm's meat.
Henry Smith

As Christ ceased not to be a King because He was like a servant, nor to be a lion because He was like a lamb, nor to be God because He was made man, nor to be a judge because He was judged! So a man doth not lose his honour by humility, but he shall be honoured for his humility.
Henry Smith

If you lay yourself at Christ’s feet He will take you into His arms.
William Bridge

A humble man hath this advantage of a proud man, he cannot fall.
Edward Marbury

A humble sinner is in a better condition than a proud angel.
Thomas Watson

God's choice acquaintances are humble men.

Robert Leighton

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