To Ponder:

“I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13. Nothing stops the current of His blessings so much as pride. He resists the proud–He is at war with them. A futile war! A proud sinner fighting against a holy God! Who do you think will conquer? Oh, beware of all high thoughts of yourself and your doings. Take heed of admiring your own greatness or goodness. Self-delight is a very pleasing sin, but more odious to a jealous God than the gross sins of the flesh. I am sure that the more we love Him, the less we shall admire ourselves. The Pharisee, full of self-delight, remained in his guilt. The poor publican, who loathed himself, went home justified. There is no perfect humility but in Heaven. Until we get there, we should be learning, and every day seeking for more grace to humble us–learning from our Master to be meek and lowly of heart. May God make us better scholars. “If God,” says Augustine, “did not spare the angels when they grew proud; will He spare you–who are but dust and sin?” “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5. (Letters of William Romaine, 1714-1795)

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