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Growing Up in Our Attitude Regarding Humility (6 of 12)
Series: GROWING PAINS
1 Corinthians 4:6-21
Introduction: Can you remember the last time that you were disciplined for some thing you did? Maybe it was a "time out" or you were "grounded" or got a very straight lecture, or maybe your offense was bad enough that you were spanked. The term "whipping" is not used very much in today's society but it was very common when I was growing up. I don't remember every whipping I received when I was a child (there were too many to remember) but there are a few that stand out.
On one occasion my mom discovered my cousin and I playing in the back yard with her canning churn. It had become our secret weapon for blowing up enemy submarines, as we rolled depth charges off the deck of our destroyer (which happened to be our picnic table). During the heat of the battle my mom made her presence known as well as her displeasure. After a stern warning about what would happen to us if we broke her churn, and our assurance that nothing like that would ever take place, we returned to defeating the secret enemy below. The details are still clear, forever etched in my mind and backside. We rolled off another depth charge and mom's churn broke into little pieces. She came out the back door, stood on the deck of our make shift destroyer and broke a limb from the shade tree that resembled a bull whip and began to use it with amazing accuracy. In less time than you could imagine our entire military fleet was brought to a standstill and the captain and first officer were disciplined for dereliction of duty.
Among the other things that were hurt that day was my pride. I learned a lesson in humility the hard way.
Humility Brings Rest
Give me humility, in which alone is rest, and deliver me from pride, which is the heaviest of burdens.
Citation: Thomas Merton, monk and poet
When you read chapter 4 of 1 Corinthians you get a very similar message; Paul call ...
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