Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33)

Elimination of pride


Spiritual Experiences 170. On the Punishment of pride, i.e. of trust in oneself

From actual experience I was allowed by God the Messiah’s mercy to learn how self-trust is punished by the pain of dejection. There was deep grief, unceasing lamentation, accompanied by near despair of any salvation. But I did observe that in the midst of the grieving and lamenting, hope of salvation was constantly present, which softened the pain. Otherwise, pride is also suppressed by a seemingly spontaneous submission, causing a person to desire nothing but lowly things – but this is a gift of God the Messiah. 1747, the 24th day of August (old calendar). A continual compassion also attended me. I distinctly perceived at the time that an evil spirit was attacking, and that God the Messiah was ever assisting by inspiring hope of salvation.

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