The Hidden Jewel of Humility (2 of 4)
August 21, 2005
As we begin the message this morning, let me repeat my opening remarks from last Sunday. I have entitled our series The Hidden Jewel of Humility because humility, though of great value, like a jewel, is something rarely discovered, but when found, becomes a prized possession to its owner.
QUOTE: Someone wrote, "Humility is found in a vast ocean of still waters which run very deep. At the bottom lies self-esteem. At first, going within the ocean is like journeying into an unknown area of immense darkness. But, just as exploration can lead to buried treasures, one searching his or her inner world can find jewels buried in the depths. And the jewel buried deepest - which shines the brightest and gives the most light - is humility.1
Proverbs 22:4, By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.
"HUMILITY AND PRIDE IN CONTRAST"
TEXT: Luke 18:9-14, And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
INTRODUCTION: In this passage of Scripture, we find two men; one is humble, and the other is lifted up in pride.
DEFINITION OF PRIDE: Someone has defined pride in this way: "Having inordinate self-esteem; possessing a ...
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