you can smile at your failures, humiliating circumstances. When your own performance means little to you compared to the imputed performance of Jesus. When you don’t even enjoy the failures of others — including jerks. When Jesus is everything to you, and everything else is almost nothing. When you enjoy everyone — including politicians and jerks, just as we are, and everything just as it is. When you experience an other-worldly peace regardless of circumstances — even the potential loss of everything dear to you.
Outward humility — having a reputation as a humble human, is a skill perfected by politicians and Christian leaders, but inward humility? That’s what Jesus modeled and commanded. In the Church, we’ve dumbed down law and sin, and we work hard at outside-the-cup humility, while most of us live in denial of our inside-the-cup pride. Secret pride. That we’re too embarrassed to admit to others, or even to ourselves. The kind of pride we rarely-if-ever confess.
— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, proud, competitive, critic of all, needing fresh conviction of being unsatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he might momentarily experience the bliss of Jesus-dependency, so that seculars around him might notice and want some bliss too
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