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HE WILL LIFT YOU UP!

We’ve said in a previous post that Humility is the Foundation of Christian thinking (and acting).   James says it in a more powerful way, which may indeed be directly applicable to American culture today.  ” You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.   Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?  But he gives us more grace.   That is why Scripture says, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.’  (Proverbs 3:34) Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you double-minded.   Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.   Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”   (James 4:4-10) This quotation fills the last page of the Preface to a recent book entitled “Rediscovering Humility:  Why the Way Up is the Way Down”, by Christopher A. Hutchinson.  (New Growth Press, 2018.  Hutchinson in this work proposes to answer the question:   “What if Christians redefined ‘great things for God’ not only as mission work, or successful careers, or raising Godly children, but also as growing in humility?”   Great Question!

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