Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness, by Gavin Ortlund
- Author: Gavin Ortlund
There so many misconceptions out there about what it truly means to be humble. Some believe it means hiding your talents or abilities or being weak and inauthentic. The Bible offers a very different picture, defining humility as a self-forgetfulness leading to joy and explaining that it's a life-giving virtue that frees you from the restricting needs of your ego.
In Humility: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness, Gavin Ortlund teaches that humility is not just an abstract virtue but a mark of gospel integrity. Ortlund explores humility both on a personal level and in the context of the church, offering examples of ways to cultivate it, such as meditation on the gospel and practicing intentional gratitude. Drawing from Philippians 2 and historical texts such as C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and Jonathan Edwards’s sermon A Christian Spirit Is a Humble Spirit, Ortlund defines humility in light of the incarnation and death of Jesus Christ, casting a vision for a gospel-centered, humble life.
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