The Velvet Side of Strength

Discover this new kind of power — humility. In 1 Peter 5:5-6, Peter says:

Be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

As Saint Augustine noted, “If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humility.” Humility is an attitude which is nurtured in the heart and mind. According to Peter, three actions build a foundation and, in time, characterize humility in a Christian. First, choose to defer to others. The goal of submission is to fit in with someone else’s plans or direction. It includes adapting your way to another’s way, deliberately subordinating yourself and giving the other person more authority or grace.

Next, choose to submit yourself. Peter said, “Be submissive to one another.” Deferring to others is an attitude, so make it your practice to always be ready to willingly submit and serve others. And finally, choose to rank yourself under others. Just as a soldier chooses to put himself in subjection to the commands of officers, you are to choose to voluntarily rank yourself beneath other people.

Be willing to bend and flex and submit to God’s commands… and to the people He places in your path and asks you to defer to. Learn from your gentle, humble, wonderful, perfect Lord Jesus.

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