Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Spiritual Pride

Every now and then, there is a quote in a book I am reading that will stick with me. The other day, as I was reading, there was a quote by Jonathan Edwards on the topic of spiritual pride. Let me share it with you. He once wrote:
"Spiritual pride is very apt to suspect others; whereas an humble saint is most jealous of himself, he is so suspicious of nothing in the world as he is of his own heart. The spiritually proud person is apt to find fault with other saints, that they are low in grace, and to be much in observing how cold and dead they be, and crying out of them for it, and to be quick to discern and take notice of their deficiencies: but the eminently humble Christian has so much to do at home, and sees so much evil in his own heart, and is so concerned about it, that he is not apt to be very busy with others' hearts; he complains most of himself, and cries out of his own coldness and lowness in grace, and is apt to esteem others better than himself . . . and can't bear to think that others should bring forth no more fruit to God honor than he."
Which do you think you are? Are the person who has so much to do at home (meaning your own heart) that you see so much in your own life that it is difficult to notice the problems others have? Or are you the person who notices the problems of others more than yourself? It's a good word and probably worth a few minutes of your day for contemplation.

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