Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 158/260: Read 1 Peter 5

Humility is a hallmark of the fifth chapter of Peter’s first epistle. Even in the first four verses, as Peter encourages the elders, humility shines through. Yes, our shepherds are our leaders, but not in the sense of being lords over the flock. Rather, they gently lead as examples of how we should live.

Peter then urges, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. 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.’”

Humility is highlighted by an attitude of selflessness and consideration of the opinions and desires of another. When we are wise enough to know that we don’t know everything, we are more likely to hear what other people are saying. Their experiences can help us understand different perspectives if we are only willing to listen.

We must also be humble when we consider our position relative to God. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” If we submit to Him and serve Him, He will take care of us and lift us up when we need it most.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

1 Peter 3:15. But _______________ the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a _______________ to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

Pray

Pray for humility in your dealings with other men and with God.

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