THE BENEFITS OF HUMILITY 1 Peter 5:5-11
“Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (v5)
Peter writes “all of us, clothe yourselves… for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:5-7 NAS). Peter expressed four very important thoughts. And he combined them for a reason. Let’s look at each: (1) All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” Peter’s expression clothe yourselves with humility referred to a white scarf or apron typically worn by servants. Did you get that? We’re called to be servants, not celebrities. “All” lets us know we all stand on an equal footing before the cross.
(2) “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Those who are self-centered find themselves at odds with God, while the humble enjoy His blessings.
(3) “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” The phrase “The mighty hand of God” is used in Scripture to symbolize two things: God’s hand of discipline, and His hand of deliverance. And you need both. So submit to His discipline today and you’ll experience His deliverance. (4) “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” Peter addresses the core issue worry that if we don’t look out for ourselves nobody else will. We can focus on the need of others, confident that God will spare nothing when it comes to meeting our needs. (TWFT)
PRAYER LINE: Father, thank You for Your all seeing nature. Help me to value Your approval and live according to Your standards, no matter what anyone else may think.
Others see what we do, but God sees why we do it.