Are we uncharitable and critical of our brothers and sisters? Do we bite and devour each other and thus harm the Kingdom of God? Thomas Brooks helps us out:
Labor to be clothed with humility
The benefits of humility:
1. Humility renovates us
Humility makes a man peaceable among brethren, fruitful in well-doing, cheerful in suffering, and constant in holy walking (1 Pet. 5:5). Humility fits for the highest services we owe of Christ, and yet will not neglect the lowest service to the most common saint (John 13:5).
Humility can feed upon the most common dish, yet it is maintained by the choicest delicates, as Christ, God, and glory. Humility will make a man bless him that curses him, and pray for those that persecute him.
An humble heart is an habitation for God, a scholar for Christ, a companion of angels, a preserver of grace, and a fitter for glory. Humility is the nurse of our graces, the preserver of our mercies, and the great promoter of holy duties.
2. Humility cannot find three things on this side of heaven:
A. Fullness in the creature,
B. Sweetness in the sin,
C. Life in an ordinance without Christ.
3. Humility finds three things on this side of heaven:
A. The soul to be empty,
B. Christ to be full,
C. Every mercy and duty to be sweet wherein God is enjoyed.
4. Humility changes our perspective:
Humility can weep over men’s weaknesses, and joy and rejoice over their graces. Humility will make a man quiet and contented in the most common condition, and it will preserve a man from envying other men’s prosperous condition (1 Thess. 1:2-3).
Humility honors those that are strong in grace, and puts two hands under those that are weak in grace (Eph. 3:8). Humility makes a rich man richer than other men, and it makes a man judge himself the poorest among men. Humility will see much food abroad, when it can see butt little at home.
5. Humility changes our attitudes:
Ah, Christian! Though faith be the champion of grace, and love the nurse of grace, yet humility is the beautifier of grace; it casts a general glory upon all the graces in the soul. Ah! Did Christians more abound in humility, they would be less bitter, forward, and sour, and they would be more gentle, meek and sweet in their spirits and practices.
6. Humility makes us value others:
Humility will make a man have high thoughts of others and low thoughts of a man’s self; it will make a man see much glory and excellency in others, and much baseness and sinfulness in man’s self; it will make a man see others rich, and himself poor; others strong, and himself weak; others wise and himself foolish.
Humility will make a man excellent at covering others’ infirmities, and at recording their gracious services, and at delighting in their graces; it makes a man joy in the every light that outshines his own, and every wind that bows others good.
Humility is better at believing than it is at questioning other men’s happiness. I judge says an humble soul, it is well with these Christians now, but it will be far better with them hereafter. They are now upon the borders of the New Jerusalem, and it will be, but a day before they slide into Jerusalem.
A humble soul it more willing to say, Heaven is that man’s, than mine; and Christ is that Christian’s, than mine; and God is their God in covenant, than mine.
7. Humility brings peace among brethren:
Ah! Were Christians more humble, there would be less fire and more love among them than now is.
-Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, 209-211.