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“Humility: True Greatness” – C.J. Mahaney

Just finished another great book by C.J. Mahaney. Here are some highlights for me:

  • Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.
  • If you’re like me, you compare yourself to others and look for opportunities to claim greater importance than them, just as the disciples did.
  • True greatness, biblically defined: Serving others for the glory of God.
  • You should have a practical list to daily weaken pride and cultivate humility.
  • Fill your affections with the cross of Christ that there may be no room for sin” – John Owen
  • How we begin our morning so often sets the tone for the day. I’m convince that the most decisive time of our day is very often our first waking moments, because they color everything to come.
  • “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” – Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Only those who are humble can consistently identify evidences of grace in others who need adjustment.
  • Some of the greatest manifestations of power I’ve seen are individuals who suffer greatly and yet aren’t complaining.
  • In interacting with you, what is your spouse more aware of – evidences of grace you’ve noticed, or the need for change and growth?
  • If you aren’t faithful to encourage, you can be sure you will eventually exasperate your child.
  • Every conversation has potential. So let us pray, “Lord, help me discern what kind of grace this person needs.”
  • What do your words reveal about your spirit? What report are your words filing about the condition of your soul?
  • Are you regularly informing others of your temptations and sins, or do you present to them a carefully edited and flattering version of yourself?
  • Parenting is about preparation
  • If you’re a parent, don’t celebrate anything more than you celebrate Godly character.
  • I never do anything passively. I’m never just observing. I always seek to impart discernment.

March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Book Review

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