I Peter 5:6 tells us to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may exalt us in due time. This sermon shows us the crucial importance of humility, and gives us some fresh perspectives and specific things we can do to break the pride cycle and put God and others first.
I Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
When was the last time you thought, Hey, I need to humble myself right now? If we think we’re humble enough, we’ve already lost that battle!
Why say “therefore”? The previous verse: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
We all recognize our need for God’s grace. Humility is the vessel of all graces. (Augustine)
God resists the proud: We don’t want to have God resist us, though where we are proud, He is resisting us now.
Also James 4:10 and Matthew 23:12
No one is naturally humble. Being quiet isn’t being humble. Being reserved isn’t being humble. There is no such thing as a humble personality.
What humility is NOT:
Not self-hatred of even the smallest kind.
It’s not a denial of anything God has given us.
It’s not a denial of our worth in Christ, or our choices or our character.
It’s not thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less.(C.S. Lewis)
It’s an honest, clear view of who and what we are, set alongside who and what God is.
Ideas that Help!
Philippians 2:5-11 Quite the downward and upward trajectory. That’s our model!
Down through the ages, many Christian writers have regarded pride as the kind of “mother sin” and the essential element to all sin.
Pride likes to hide–a poem!
“A person does not necessarily deny that God is immeasurably greater than himself, but admissions of that type are no match for raging self-admiration in the heart.” Robert Rayburn
Things we can do:
Consider Jesus–remember Philippians 2 and His downward journey. Stop for a while at the cross-His lowest point.
Begin to esteem others higher than yourself. Philippians 2:3-4 It takes work!
Make spiritual unity a priority. Ephesians 4:1-3
Humble people see the need for worship and fellowship. Be teachable; realize that in every situation, we have a lot we can learn.
What does humility look like in action? Living for God and others rather than ourselves.
Spend time and attention on how to minister to others.
It takes a commitment and a focused effort to be humble. True humility — being genuinely humble from the heart — can’t be done in our own strength. The only way to get it is to surrender our lives to the Lord on a daily basis.