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Humility

1 Peter 5.5b
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Yesterday we looked at the first part of this verse: Likewise you who are young, be subject to the elders. Today Peter quotes from Proverbs 3.34 to reveal the appropriate spirit or attitude that makes submission possible. Believers—young or old—must deal with one another in humility because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (see also James 4.6). Not only does pride keep people from listening to or following God, it also can keep older people from trying to understand young people and young people from listening to those who are older. Humble people receive God’s “grace” giving them the ability to live faithfully on earth with the promise of a glorious eternity with Him. The verbs are in the present tense—God continually opposes those who are proud and think they do not need to listen to God or God’s servants; God continually gives grace to those who humbly listen, love, and serve, especially in the face of mounting threats and persecutions.

Do you have a humble spirit? Do you have a teachable spirit? These two qualities mark those whose lives are truly submitted to Christ and Christ’s servants. Ask the Lord today to give you a spirit of humility. And let us all keep these profound words of Saint Francis of Assisi in the forefront of our minds: “Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.”

Pastor Jeff
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