Vain-glory, self-delight and pride
(William Plumer, "Vital Godliness: A Treatise
on Experimental and Practical Piety" 1864)
In practical piety, there is no greater mistake
than the persuasion that if we are pleased
ourselves--that God is also pleased with us.
Vain-glory, self-delight and pride--
blind, bewilder, and intoxicate!
On the other hand--shame for our own vileness,
sorrow for our shortcomings, self-loathing for
undeniable turpitude of our soul--are profitable.
Men must either part with
their pride and good
opinion of themselves--or
they must part with
the hope of a blessed eternity. You must either
take your place in the dust before God--or be
cast down to hell.
"What a wretched man I am!" Romans 7:24
"I abhor myself!" Job 42:6
"Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4
"Woe is me! For I am undone!" Isaiah 6:5