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I loathe such speeches

Apr - 24 - 2012
Richard Barcellos

“There are  some professing Christians who can speak of themselves in terms of admiration; but, from my inmost heart, I loathe such speeches more and more every day that I live.  Those who talk in such a boastful fashion must be constituted very different from me.  While they are congratulating themselves, I have to lie humbly at the foot of Christ’s cross, and marvel that I am saved at all, ….  I have to wonder that I do not believe Christ more, and equally wonder that I am privileged to believe in Him at all–to wonder that I do not love Him more, and equally to wonder that I love Him at all–to wonder that I am not holier, and equally to wonder that I have any desire to be holy at all considering what a polluted, debased, depraved nature I find still within my soul, notwithstanding all that Divine grace has done in me.  If God were ever to allow the fountains of the great deeps of depravity to break up in the best man that lives, he would make as bad a devil as the Devil himself is.” ~C. H. Spurgeon

3 Responses so far.

  1. Tom Chantry says:

    The necessary modern addendum to this quote is that speaking with admiration for your own tremendous humility is still speaking with admiration for yourself. Sprinkling your speech with “I’ve been so humbled” doesn’t fix the problem.

  2. Richard Barcellos says:

    Wow, that humbled me. I am so glad to be so humbled. You just spoke humbling grace into my life. How humble of you.

  3. ross stein says:

    Scratching my head over the need even to respond to such a response and/or the place for such sarcasm…anyway that is how it comes across

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