Yesterday I preached on humility, with Philippians 2:5-8 as the text. I was thinking this morning how dangerous compliments and flattery are to the Christian pursuing humility, and how imperative it is that the Christian always remember his smallness before Christ, no matter his greatness before men.
Winston Churchill, though not known for his humility (and as far as I know, not a Christian), knew how to respond humbly to flattery. He was once asked, “Doesn’t it thrill you to know that every time you make a speech, the hall is packed to overflowing?”
“It’s quite flattering,” replied Winston, “But whenever I feel that way, I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big.”