7 Quotes from Andrew Murray’s “Humility”

Several years ago I read a little book called Humility by nineteenth century South African pastor Andrew Murray. I picked it up the other day, and was reminded of the value of the book and, more importantly, my need for humility. Murray defines humility as “the place of entire dependence on God” and he calls it “the root of true virtue” and “the first duty and the highest virtue of man” (10). He is remarkably quotable so here are seven knock-out quotes from this great little book on the pinnacle of Christian virtues:

“…it is not sin that humbles us most, but grace.”

  • How to conquer pride: “Two things are needed. Do what God says is your work–humble yourself. Trust Him to do what He says is His work; He will exalt you.” (90)
  • “We will learn that we can never have more of true faith than we have of true humility.” (68)
  • “Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.” (68)
  • “There is no pride so dangerous, none so subtle and insidious, as the pride of holiness.” (56)
  • The humble man: “He can bear to hear others praised and himself forgotten…” (47)
  • “In striving after the higher experiences of the Christian life, the believer is often in danger of aiming at and rejoicing in what one might call the more human virtues….While the deeper and gentler, the more divine and heavenly graces are scarcely thought of or valued. These virtues are those which Jesus first taught upon earth–because He brought them from heaven–those which are more distinctly connected with His cross and the death of self–poverty of spirit, meekness, humility, lowliness.” (47-48)
  • “…it is not sin that humbles us most, but grace.” (6)
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