Francis Tabla, Pastor, Ebenezer Community, Brooklyn Park MN
"Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another." 1 Peter 5:5 (CSB)
Humility is one of the fruits of the Spirit that God wants us to exercise toward one another in the church and everywhere. Humility, simply put, is not to think too highly of ourselves.
Interestingly, if we humble ourselves, we are exhibiting a Godlike character. God is demonstrating His humility when He says to you and me, "Come now, and let us reason together" (Isaiah 1:18). Can you imagine the Creator of the universe inviting you and me to a meeting to settle the issues of our sin? Wow!
When we clothe ourselves with humility toward one another, we are also exhibiting Christlike character. Jesus showed humility when He got down on His knees to wash His disciples' feet. Jesus epitomized humility when He humbled himself and became obedient to die a disgraceful death on the cross for our sins.
The way to climb up in life is to climb down in humility. Today, Moses is one of the most revered men in all of human history, because he was humble (Num. 12:3). God gave Jesus a name that is above every other name, because Jesus humbled Himself (Philip. 2:5-11). Jesus says to you and me if we humble ourselves, we will be exalted (Matt. 23:12). God shows favor to you and to me when we clothe ourselves with humility to one another. He also lifts us up in His own good time. (1 Peter. 5:5-6)
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the virtue of humility that is a part of the salvation package you made available to me. I am sorry for the times that I was not humble towards others. Jesus, help me to be clothed with humility to all with whom I come in contact.