David Dickson on helps to humility

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... That they would study in lowliness of mind from their heart to prefer others before themselves, as better than themselves; which thought may consist with truth, and be without deceit, because this our opinion of other our brethren, doth not require an absolute judgment, but is contented partly with a suspended, partly with a negative judgment, by which we may say, that happily one thing being compared with another, he is better than I, or for as much as I know of him, and my self, I will not prefer my self before him; but him before me, because I am ignorant of the secrets of his heart, but I know the perverseness of my own heart. Hence Arg. 4. If from the humbleness of your mind, you judge others to excel you, you may preserve concord: Therefore unless you will manifest your pride, you must preserve concord: For the excellency of a man is not valued according to the measure of his gifts, but according to the measure of his faithfulness, sincerity and honesty. ...

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