In The Blessing of Humility, Jerry Bridges reminds Christians that we are all called to a life of humility as exhibited by our Lord Jesus during His earthly ministry. Bridges focuses on the Beatitudes as the blueprint to illustrate how true humility can only be practiced through a proper understanding of the gospel itself. In each chapter, the author illustrates how each of these blessings can be experienced by those washed by the blood of Jesus who humbled Himself and died for us on the cross. The material is infused with examples and reflections from Bridge’s wide-spanning ministry and his deep love for God’s Word. Moreover, I appreciate how Bridges constantly reminds believers that humility is not something that happens overnight or by chance but is a fruit of the Spirit that is the result of the Holy Spirit’s transforming power. On the other hand, the author urges believers against falling into spiritual laziness and emphasizes our responsibility in continuously striving for spiritual growth and holiness. Overall, the book is very accessible as Bridges jumps right into the central message of each beatitude and how it can be applied to the Christian life.
I would gladly recommend this book on humility to all Christians. In our society today the call to humility is often drowned out by the dominating messages of selfishness and self-esteem. For Christians however our humble attitude comes from realizing our inadequacy outside of Christ. Bridges hopes for believers to understand that humility is not an option for followers of Christ as we are called to exhibit that same humility every day of our lives. The Beatitudes are not simply encouraging words that Jesus used to comfort those who are oppressed, rejected, and abused in the present of a future state of heavenly bliss. Instead, Bridges argues that these proclamations are present imperatives that Christians need to strive for on the path to learning how to humble ourselves just as Christ did.
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