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Humility hinges upon that which contents the soul. Do I need the approval of human beings or God (John 5:44; Galatians 1:10). I have seen men and women dress up a desire for human approval in the most spiritual language. Don’t pay attention to the wrapping, look at the content.
Humility considers what will be the judgement when Christ comes; pride says what will I get now? Thus Brooks notes that humility hinges upon what one seeks:
The thirteenth property of an humble soul is this: it seeks not, it looks not, after great things. A little will satisfy nature, less will satisfy grace; but nothing will satisfy a proud man’s lusts. Lord, says the humble soul, if thou wilt but give me bread to eat and raiment to put on, thou shalt be my God, Gen. 28:20–22. Let the men of the world, says the humble soul, take the world in all its greatness and glory, and divide it among themselves. Let me have much of Christ and heaven in my heart, and food convenient to support my natural life, and it shall be enough.
3 Brooks 21. He then ends with the hideous example:
A crown could not content Ahab, but he must have Naboth’s vineyard, though he swim to it in blood.