Review and Key Quotes from “Humility” by Andrew Murray
Humility is a classic, must-read book for every Christian.
No other book I know of does a better job of explaining the utter importance of humility. Andrew Murray defines humility by pointing to Jesus. The following is a collection of the key quotes that stood out to me as I read. I encourage you to read these humbly and evaluate how you are doing in this important area.
“His humility became our salvation. His salvation is our humility (17).”
“And so pride – loss of humility is the root of every sin and evil… it was when the serpent breathed the poison of his pride – the desire to be as God – into the hearts of our first parents, that they too fell from their high estate… pride or self-exhalation is the very gateway to hell (16).”
“Humility is the only soil in which virtue takes root; a lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure (17).”
“He teaches us where true humility begins and finds it’s strength – in the knowledge that it is God who works all in all, that our place is to yield to Him in perfect resignation and dependence (33).”
We are “nothing but a vessel, a channel through which the living God can manifest the riches of His wisdom, power, and goodness (34).”
“Humility is the only ladder to honor in God’s kingdom (38).”
“Just as water seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds the creature empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and the bless (41).”
“Humility is one of the chief and highest virtues, one of the most difficult to attain, and one to which our first and greatest efforts ought to be directed (46).”
“We have our pride from Adam, we must have our humility from Christ (47).”
“Our humility towards others is the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real (53).”
“Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all. The holiest will be the humblest (63).”
“Our only place of blessing before God is among those whose highest joy is to confess that they are sinners saved by Grace (72).”
“Let the glory of the all glorious God be everything to you. You will be freed from the glory of men and of self and be content and glad to be nothing (80).”
“Let us learn the lesson that the greatest holiness comes in the deepest humility (92).”
“It is indeed the deepest happiness of heaven to be so free from self that whatever is said of us or done to us is swallowed up in the thought that Jesus is all and we are nothing (92-93).”
“The danger of pride is greater and nearer than we think, and especially at the time of our greatest experience (93).”
“The highest glory of the creature is in being a vessel, to receive and enjoy and show forth the glory of God. It can do this only as it is willing to be nothing in itself, that God may be everything. Water always fills first the lowest places. The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller will be the inflow of the divine glory (99).”
Quotes taken from the 2001 Bethany House version updated for the modern reader. You can purchase an even more updated 2012 version here.