“Satan hath his devices to destroy the saints; and one great device that he hath to destroy the saints is, by working them first to be strange, and then to divide, and then to be bitter and jealous, and then ‘to bite and devour one another’ (Gal. 5:15). Our own woeful experience is too great a proof of this.”
The Christian’s Remedy:
Labour to be clothed with humility:
- Humility makes a man peaceable among brethren fruitful in well-doing, cheerful in suffering, and constant in holy walking.
- Humility fits for the highest service we owe to Christ, and yet will not neglect the lowest service to the meanest servant.
- Humility will make a man bless him that curses him, and pray for those that persecute him.
- Humility is the nurse of our graces, the preserver of our mercies, and the great promoter of holy duties.
- Humility can sweep over other men’s weaknesses, and joy and rejoice over their graces.
- Humility will make a man quiet and contented in the meanest condition, and it will preserve a man from ever envying other men’s prosperous condition.
- Humility honors those that are strong in grace, and puts two hands under those that are weak in grace.
- Humility makes a man richer than other men, and it makes a man judge himself the poorest among men.
- Humility will see much good abroad, when it can see but little at home.
- Humility will make a man have high thoughts of others and low thoughts of a man’s self.
- Humility will make a man excellent at covering others’ infirmities, and at recording their gracious services, and at delighting in their graces.
- Humility makes a man joy in every light that outshines his own, and every wind that blows others good.
- Humility is better at believing than it is at questioning other men’s happiness.
- “Ah, were Christians more humble, there would be less fire and more love among them than now is.”
Excerpt taken from Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (1652)
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life.