Humility Sermon Illustrations

Humility Sermon Illustrations

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A certain French Marquis was raised to his grand and exalted state from very humble surroundings. He had been a shepherd in his earlier days, and so, in his palace, he had one room known as `the shepherd's room'. In that room were re­productions of hills and valleys and running streams and rocks and sheepfolds. Here were the staff he had carried and the clothes he had worn as a lad when herding his sheep. When asked one day the meaning of this, he replied, `If ever my heart is tempted to haughtiness and pride, I go into that room and remind myself of what I once was.' Such humility would have saved Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar.—Sunday School Times

(Dent. 26. 5; Ps. 78. 70, 71; Prov. 15. 33; Isa. 51. 1; 1 Cor. 15. 9, 10)

The bird that soars on highest wing
Builds on the ground her lowly nest,
And she that doth most sweetly sing
Sings in the shade when all things rest;
In lark and nightingale we see
What honor hath humility.

(Prov. 15. 33; 22. 4; Acts 20. 19; Luke 18. 14)

Do what you can, being what you are:
Shine as a glow-worm if you cannot be a star.
Work like a pulley if you cannot be a crane;
Be a wheel-greaser if you cannot drive a train.
Be the pliant oar if you cannot be the sailor:
Be the little needle if you cannot be the tailor.
Be the cleaning besom if you cannot be the sweeper:
Be the sharpened sickle if you cannot be the reaper.

(Jer. 45. 5; 1 Cor. 7. 20)

Humility, that low, sweet root
From which all heavenly virtues shoot.—Thomas Moore

That no man will learn anything at all,
Unless he first will learn humility.—Owen Meredith

He that is down need fear no fall,
He that is low no pride;
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his Guide.—Selected

The slow suitor asked:

"Elizabeth, would you like to have a puppy?"

"Oh, Edward," the girl gushed, "how delightfully humble of you. Yes, dearest, I accept."

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