How to Mortify Pride and Cultivate Humility

From C. J. Mahaney

This is my life list. This is not a list that I have assembled from the last month of my life. This would be a list; really looking back now over…30 years of seeking to grow in grace.

So think of this as a list of recommendations, not requirements…recommendations…for your consideration. Custom design your own list. But let me impress this on you…you should have a list…you should be purposeful about this.

Each day you should be addressing your greatest enemy and cultivating your greatest friend. So here’s how I attempt to mortify pride and cultivate humility.

  1. Study the attributes of God, especially His incommunicable attributes
  2. Reflect on the wonder of the Cross of Christ
  3. Study the Doctrines of Grace
  4. Study the Doctrine of Sin
  5. Cultivate spiritual disciplines
  6. Invite and pursue correction
  7. Encourage and serve others each and every day
  8. Identify evidences of grace in others
  9. Respond humbly to trials
  10. Discern your thorns
  11. Use unflattering illustrations of yourself publicly
  12. Recognize your theological limitations
  13. Prepare to be replaced
  14. Recognize your relative unimportance
  15. Laugh at others when you are the object of humor
  16. Play golf as much as possible…
  17. Read as many of C.H. Spurgeon’s sermons as possible

Copyright 2002 Sovereign Grace Ministries


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