Peter initially resists having his feet washed by Jesus. Jesus responds to Peter by saying that even if he didn’t understand then, he will know. Being cleansed from sin, by Jesus, requires significant growth in knowledge and increasing personal humility. Sermon by Al Gordon from the 26th of June, 2016.
I do not understand how a man can be a true believer unto whom sin is not the greatest burden, sorrow, and trouble.
John Owen (1616-1683)
Get and keep a tender conscience. Be sensible of the least sin. Some men’s consciences are like the stomach of the ostrich that can digest iron: they can swallow the most notorious sins without regret. A good conscience is very delicate. It feels the least touch of known sin, and is grieved at the thought of grieving God’s Spirit. It will choose the greatest of suffering before the least of sinning.
John Gibbon (1629-1718)
Christ washes us when He removes the guilt of our sins by His atoning sacrifice that we might not come into judgment before God; and on other hand, He washes us, when He takes away, by His Spirit, the wicked and sinful desires of the flesh.
John Calvin (1509-1564)
In our culture, and among Christians as well, Jesus Christ is automatically disassociated from brilliance or intellectual capacity. Not one in a thousand will spontaneously think of Him in conjunction with words such as “well informed”, “brilliant”, or “smart”.
Dallas Willard (1935-2013)
If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller of less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all… How can I possibly serve another person in unfeigned humility if I seriously regard his sinfulness as worse than my own?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
Always be kinder than you feel.
Saint Augustine (354-430 AD), asked to name the four cardinal virtues, replied: humility, humility, humility, humility.