June 17th 2010

Clothed With Humility

6th in a series

“…Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
1 Peter 5:5 (NKJV)

There is nothing worse in an individual than pride and arrogance. Someone who believes that they are always right and that no other view or opinion is acceptable. Someone like this has a dim view of others, regarding them as inferior and unable to contribute something.

The Apostle James quoting from Proverbs 3 tells us that God resists this attitude in people (James 4:6).

Humility is quite different—in fact it is quite the opposite.

Humility seeks good things in others. This is what being submissive to one another means. It conveys the sense of ‘being there’ for the other person. Humility is inclusive not exclusive, it looks for things to praise in others and never seeks to promote itself.

God has given each of us a mix of gifts. These are the things we are interested in and do well, and in this mix of gifts each of us is unique. There is always some contribution each person can make that is just for them to make. Humility recognises this in each person and stands before it in deep respect, because this is the work of God in his children.

Humility plays out in recognising this aspect of every person and responding to them in this knowledge. Each of us is worthy of this honour because of what God has done, is doing, or will do in and through us.

God wants us to have deep love and respect for each other, to prefer and highly esteem the other better than ourselves. He wants us to acknowledge God’s investment in others and receive them as children of God of immense value.

Father in heaven, thank you that we are all unique, that you have created us all to be different and that this difference is to be recognised, applauded and valued.

Study by David Stirk 

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