(William Plumer, "Vital Godliness: A Treatise
on Experimental and Practical Piety" 1864)
"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility." 1 Peter 5:5
Humility is lowliness of mind — the opposite of pride and
arrogance. It belongs to the essence of experimental
religion. A humble spirit is the opposite of a lofty one.
True humility is an inward grace based on a view of our
own guilt, weakness, vileness, and ignorance — as
compared with the infinite excellence and glory of God.
Humility is one of the most lovely of all the traits of a
child of God. It is opposed to all ostentation. It hides
the other graces of the Christian from the gaze of
self-admiration. Its aim is not to be thought humble,
but to be humble. The godly man loves to lie low — and
cares not to have it known.
Humility will not disfigure, but adorn you. As Rebecca
was not the less lovely, but the more so, when she took
a veil and covered her beauty and all her jewels; so the
child of God is especially beautified when arrayed in
humbleness of mind.