Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5.
Every day strengthens the conviction in my mind that humility is the great lesson we have to learn, both as it respects God and man. “Learn of me,” said Christ , “for I am meek and lowly in heart.” This is the distinguishing feature of His character, and it should he the same with the Christian. Extend this parent of every grace into the various relations of life, and we shall soon see that it would make a heaven upon earth. There would be no pushing and acrimony, no contempt and dogmatism, but each would esteem other better than himself.
About the author and the source
Isabel Charlotte Gabbett compiled a devotional of excerpts from Christian writers. Unfortunately we have been able to learn little about her, and she provided no information about her sources beyond their names. She must have had some relationship to Edward Gabbett, a well-known evangelical pastor, lecturer, and writer, because he wrote the preface to her book and also compiled a similar work of morning and evening prayers.
Bishop Shirley. “January 4th” in Morning Dew, Daily Readings for the People of God, Selected from the Writings of the Choicest Ancient and Modern Divines. Compiled by Isabel Charlotte Gabbett. Bath: Binns and Goodwin, 1864.