"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'" ~1 Peter 5:5
I read these words today during my morning Bible study and quiet time with the Lord. They pierce. How proud am I? How proud my soul, and how often I am not humble.
Can we just unpack this verse together, bit by bit, this morning, you and I?
"Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another." According to Thesaurus.com, the definition for "clothe" is "to cover with apparel". Some synonyms are "cloak", "equip", "fit"; and my personal favorite "dandify".
We are to put on humility toward one another. To be wrapped up in it, so that is what springs forth from us. Humility.
Biblically, what does humility toward one another look like? Here are a few examples:
1. "Love your neighbor as yourself." ~Luke 10:27b
2. "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." ~Romans 12:10
3. "Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace." ~2 Corinthians 13:11
And then the next section, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Haven't we seen this time and time again throughout both the Old and New Testaments; time and time again throughout history?
When we make the choice to be proud, we are setting ourselves up in direct opposition to God. We set ourselves up as His adversary.
But there is another choice. That of humility. A humble spirit, that which says I have nothing to offer but me; please, take all of me.
When we ask the Lord to humble us, and we choose to dwell there, in humility, He grants us grace. Grace! This is amazingly profound. That the God of all creation, Your Creator Himself, would grant us grace. This is simply unfathomable.
He is the One who gives us all life-breath and sustains our being, and He lavishes His grace upon us when we are humble. His grace that moves mountains, that speaks joy into our souls, that changes circumstances we never thought could change. His grace.
Today, open your heart and hands completely to His grace. Release all pride, and accept His free grace.
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