1 Peter 5:5-6 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”
Humility is a Christian’s most powerful character trait. Jesus’ cloak of humility powerfully fueled His ministry. People were quickly captivated by His life and His humility. Jesus became the center of attention wherever He appeared and quickly fascinated all that heard Him, not because of grandiose gestures, but because of His teaching, humility, and meekness.
Humility is a key attribute for Christians to cultivate because it reflects their Lordship to Christ. Christians often find it difficult to live in humility because they are living outside the filling and control of the Holy Spirit. Romans 7:14 says it this way: “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.”
So many aspects of your Christian walk are dependent on humility: forgiveness, slowness to anger, not prideful, generosity, etc. The Bible is filled with Scriptures on humility, but today’s Scripture struck me as not only powerful, but also instructive because of the following three truths it contains:
- If you are to walk in humility, you must continually “clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” Humility is most often a spontaneous response, which requires a constant preparation for humility. Praying into your day to correctly respond to opportunities in humility, to ask God to cultivate greater humility in you, and to be a student of humility will all help clothe you in humility.
- Understand God’s opposition to pride: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” God does not just dislike pride; he actively opposes it. Pride is choosing the things of this world over God. Let that sink in. God wants all, not part, of you. Pride continually takes the control from God. God is always fighting for you, for your good, and for your Lordship to Him.
- You must humble yourself first with God if you are to live in humility – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” Humility is frightening because it puts you under the control of others and God. You cannot control others. Humble yourself to God who is your most reliable source rather than the people and things of this world. Trusting God places you into the hands of your Creator who loves you and promises to not only care for you, but to also lift you up.
Begin each day by clothing yourself in humility, asking God to expose pride, and entrusting yourself to Him in humility. Do these three things believing Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Isaiah 66:2 “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit,
and trembles at My Word.”
Isaiah 57:15 "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
John 3:30 “He [Jesus] must increase, but I [John the Baptist] must decrease.”