Whosoever therefore shall humble himself…

WHOSOEVER therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:4

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An icon of Christ blessing the children

Christ blessing the children (Mt 19:13-14)

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SHOULD thoughts of self-praise, of self-satisfaction, occur to you, say:

“I myself am nothing; all that is good in me is accomplished by the grace of God.”
“What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7)
“Without Me ye can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).

Should the thought of despising any of your neighbours, or of your family occur to you, say:

“The entire man is the beautiful work of God’s hands; everything in him is very well ordered.” For “it was very good” (Gen 1:31).

St John of Kronstadt, “My Life in Christ” Part III (CCEL).

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