Signs of the Times

[Rev. L. B. Ashby, in the Morning Post, London, England]

I think that it is perhaps true to say that we find lowliness of mind to be one of the very hardest of all Christian virtues to achieve, and that generally it is one of the very last to be mastered. When we have learned honesty, truthfulness, temperance, self-control, patience, and many other things, we still find it hard to have the lowly mind. Indeed, the frequent admonitions on this subject which we meet with in the New Testament epistles would seem to show that the failure to practice humility was, from the very first, a by no means uncommon phenomenon amongst Christians; and, no doubt, the church's witness to her divine Master was often gravely impaired by the existence of all too many of her members who, like Diotrephes, were known to have a weakness for loving "to have the preeminence."

Yet our Lord, as we know, had consistently taught that lowliness of mind was the first essential of the Christian character, the one thing needful. It comes into his teaching at every point, and is the lesson enforced, perhaps more often than any other, in most of his discourses and parables.

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April 27, 1935

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