What does 1 Peter 5 have to say about being humble?
verse 2-3: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
One way we can be humble it so care for those the Lord has placed in our care. Peter tells us it’s not just about the action of caring for those in need but the heart of it. We need to be willing to serve with all whole heart, never expecting anything in return, not wanting an activity to put on our resume or a pat on the back for doing a good deed. We also need take care of people without trying to pull rank. We are to love, not be bossy, we are to encourage, not put others down, we are to give advice without shaming.
verse 5: In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
God has set up an authority structure that we are supposed to follow. We are to willingly submit to our elders. We are to seek their advice, follow their counsel, and obey the laws the Lord has asked them give us.
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
To be clothed with a thing or person is a Greek mode of speech for being that thing or person with which a man is said to be clothed. So if you are to be clothed with humility you are TO BE humble. Like actual live it out. Easier said than done, I know. Thankfully we have the ultimate example of what it looks like to be humble.
Phil. 2:5-9: “Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus: who emptied Himself; taking the form of a servant; and humbled Himself; becoming obedient even unto death. Wherefore God also highly exalted Him.”
Pride Is Self-Satisfaction. Thinking that you can take care of yourself.
Hosea 13:4-6: 4 “But I have been the Lord your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. 5 I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of burning heat. 6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.
James 4:6 : But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.
Luke 14:11, 18:14. “He that humbles himself shall be exalted.”
James. 4:10. “God gives grace to the humble. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He shall exalt you.”
1 Pet.5:6.“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
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