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.” (1 Peter 5:5)
The Bible teaches about God’s grace (unmerited favor) and His mercy (not getting what is deserved). The Scriptures states more than once, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”(James 4:6) Pride breeds an arrogant attitude, self sufficiency, and independency of God. A proud person thinks he or she has it all together, but they are in opposition to God. Humility is the characteristic that seeks, depends, and acknowledges God. A humble person receives favor from God and other people.
Jesus is the example of humility for Christians to follow in His footsteps. He, though God, did not present Himself as equal to God. He chose to serve and instead of being served. He was a servant to all mankind. He had favor with God, the Father and man as the Bible states. He walked the Earth as a human being and gave His very life so others could live. He gave the ultimate sacrifice in death so believers could have salvation.
Believers by humility receive God’s plan of salvation. They purify their hearts and grieve over sin. They turn from evil and receive grace from God. They live out the verse, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”(James 4:10) They become consistent and established in their faith with works of goodness for Christ’s sake. God shows them favor and surrounds them with His presence. They are found serving and loving other people especially believers.
Challenge: Is God opposing or favoring you? Consider your ways and change with humility as your attitude. If you are already walking in humility in the Holy Spirit, continue to do the good works planned for you long ago. Amen.