Put On Humility

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5:5 NASB

Humility

How do you put on humility? The text illustrates it like putting on clothing. The idea is that when you put on a particular shirt, everyone that sees you will notice the type of shirt you are wearing. The same thing is with humility. When you are in public, around people, they must see your humility. Your attitude must display it. In all circumstances, it must be the first thing that comes out of you.

What is humility? One who submits to God’s Word, is slow to anger, will not retaliate, shows gentleness, and will sacrifice himself for the cause of Christ.

God’s favor will fall upon such a person.

Pride

Being prideful is the complete opposite of being humble. Pride doesn’t allow you to listen and submit to God’s Word and will make you hardhearted toward your neighbor. One’s temper is known at once and might put others in harm’s way. That type of person, God will humble. It won’t be fun when the Lord humbles you. The Lord will humble you through humiliation, which will penetrate your heart to cause you to repent.

Those Who Humble Themselves Will Be Exalted

26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wants to become prominent among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever desires to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:26-28, NASB

To be exalted or honored, the believer has to first learn to be humble—serving people. If we come with a mindset to be above others, the Lord will put us to shame by humbling us in a humiliating way. Jesus is our example of what true humility looks like.

The King of kings and Lord of lords—Jesus Christ— came to provide for the people’s needs and heal their sicknesses. Jesus didn’t even have a home to stay in, but stayed wherever He was welcomed.

19 Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. -Matthew 8:19-20

As believers in Jesus Christ, we need to have a spirit of lowliness and put the needs of others as important as ours (Philippians 2:4 “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”), which will make you live out… ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”-Mark 12:31 (a)

And also

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 7:12

Our exaltation is only done by the Lord, who looks at the heart and its true intentions.

Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. -Matthew 23:13

To have a successful walk with the Lord, we need first of all, the Holy Spirit living inside of us, second, love in our hearts for other people and knowing God’s Word well with prayer. Reading the Scriptures and praying might be hard for many of us, but as long as we press forward for these things, God will grant it to us.

Why Does The Scripture Say That We Are Good-For-Nothing Slaves?

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Luke 17:10

10 In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.’”

Why did Jesus seem to say that we should have the mentality of being an unworthy slave when doing God’s will?

Jesus is not saying that we should look down on ourselves as being worthless. What He is saying is that we should have an attitude of humility. We are truly unworthy of Jesus’ love through His death and resurrection. He didn’t have to die but His love for us compelled Him to do it.

Jesus wants us to always have a mind of humility so that we would not drift away from Him. Pride shoves dependency on Jesus away and puts it on us.

Those who humble themselves, Jesus exalts.

1 Peter 5:5-6

5 In the same way, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time

James 4:6

6 But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

The word grace in Greek refers to receiving God’s favor.

Let us always exalt Christ by obeying Him through His Word

The verse above came to my mind today with its own explanation. I believe that the Lord gave it to me to share it. May it bless you as it did me.