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In his book Gospel Powered Humility, author William Farley states what he calls “the great paradox: The proud man thinks he is humble, but the humble man thinks he is proud.” The humble man “aggressively pursues a life of humility, but he doesn’t think of himself as humble. The proud man is completely unaware of his pride. Of all men he is most convinced that he is humble.”

These thoughts are very similar to the words of C. S. Lewis who wrote, “If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.”

--World, May 5, 2012 p. 26 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Proverbs 15:33 (ESV) The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

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