God for your sake humbled Himself

God, for your  sake humbled Himself,  and you will not be  humbled for your own sake?!

The Lord  Himself who is the Way  and is God, after He  came not on His own  behalf but for  you so that  He might be  an example for you of everything good, see, He came in such humility, taking “the form  of a slave” [Philippians 2:7], He Who  is God, the  Son of God,  King, the Son of King   …

But do  not despise His divine dignity,  as you look at Him,  externally humiliated  as one like us. For our sakes He so appeared, not for Himself…

When they spat in His face and placed a crown of thorns on Him and hit Him, what more humiliation could He have yet undergone?…

If  God   condescends  to such  insults  and sufferings  and  humiliation, you, who by  nature  are clay and are  mortal, no matter how much you are humiliated, will never do anything similar to what your Master did.

God, for your sake, humbled Himself and you will not be humbled for your own sake?!

— St Macarius the Great (Homily 26, 25-26)


 

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