A rare grace
(Thomas Brooks, "The Legacy of a Dying Mother")
"Whoever humbles himself like this child is the
greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 18:4
Humility is a rare grace. Whoever is little in his
own account—is always great in God's esteem.
A humble person looks upon himself . . .
as "not worthy of the least mercies," with Jacob, Gen. 32:10;
as "dust and ashes," with Abraham, Gen. 18:27; and
as "a poor worm," with David, Psalm 22:6; and
as "less than the least of all saints," with Paul, Eph. 3:8.
The more high in spiritual worth a person is—the more
humble in heart that person is. God delights to pour
grace into humble hearts. Humility makes a person . . .
peaceable among brethren,
fruitful in well-doing,
cheerful in suffering,
constant in holy walking,
precious in the eyes of God.
Be humble Christians. As ever you would be holy
—be humble. Humility is of the essence of the "new
creature." He is not a Christian—who is not humble.
The more grace—the more humble. Those who have
been most high in spiritual worth—have always been
most humble in heart. Humility does not only entitle
to happiness—but to the highest degree of happiness.
Humility is that Jacob's ladder—which reaches from
earth to heaven.
"All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward
one another, because God opposes the proud but
gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5
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We have just published Thomas Brooks' wonderful
twelve page tract, "The Legacy of a Dying Mother"
We are thankful that the Lord has allowed us to complete
the publishing of the six volume Works of Thomas Brooks
—some 3000 pages of choice devotional writings.