Self-Conceit

The gad-fly is a notorious source of annoyance to the poor, harmless sheep. It fastens on their nostrils and causes great pain. To avoid its attack the sheep on seeing its approach holds its nose near the ground, or buries it in the dry earth. Self-conceit is the gad-fly that brings many annoyances to the sheep of Christ's flock. Would that Christians were as wise and wary as the poor sheep, to bow their head in the dust at the first sign of its approach. A humble walk with God will save us from many an attack of this peace-disturbing enemy of the soul and of the cause of Christ. This gad-fly seems to have its nest in a deep recess of the natural heart