“God opposes the proud
but shows grace to the humble.”
We have heard this said many times but still there’s something that makes us proud of who we are.
Let’s explore and see what the bible has to say,
1 Peter 5:5
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another
Peter writes an important advice to the Church that is, “clothe yourselves with humility”. Often times we do not wear the cloth of humility, it might be lying somewhere in our closet unused for many years. Because we get used to the culture of being praised, exalted, spoken well and given high position by people around us. We enjoy the attention, respect and the care we receive because of who we are and the status in our workplace. But those can lead to our downfall.
Pride is like a drug; the more you take, the more you will want it. It will never be enough. Eventually it will take away everything from you..
Clothe yourselves means, wear the cloth of humility in life. In the Old Testament days, people wore sackcloth to show mourning, heartfelt sorrow and repentant heart. (Genesis 37:34) Peter takes the same concept and applies to say, Clothe yourselves with Humility, i.e., wear the cloth of humility everyday in life.
Why Humility ? and Why be humble ?
When we think of the word “Humble”. We think of someone who has an inferiority complex or someone who is naive. No, that’s not humility.
Philippians 2:6-8. explains Humility in the best way possible. It is explained from the life of Jesus Christ who set the greatest example of humility.
6. Jesus, who, being in very nature God.
did not consider equality with God.
something to be used to his own
7. rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant
being made in human likeness.
8. And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself,
by becoming obedient to death —
even death of a cross.
The key point of being humble is making yourself nothing.
Making yourself nothing is a process where you strip down everything thing that makes you proud of yourself; your family background, financial status, talents, skills and abilities.
God created us in unique ways to reflect his glory. When you strip down everything that makes you proud, that is when you will begin to show yourself the way you were created. That glory will be revealed only when you empty ourself.
Making yourself nothing makes you trust less in yourself and be fully dependant on God.
Peter goes on to write, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
If you have pride in your life. That will make you to be the god of your own life. It will make you the idol of your life. That is why God opposes such a behavior.
Peter finally ends with an Exhortation.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in the due time.
Being humble can also make us feel suppressed at times. We may stay quiet, respond with silence when people talk against us. It’s important to know, even though you feel the same way at the moment, God will lift you up in the right time.
Be Humble. Empty yourself of everything that makes you proud so that you can be more dependent on God.