Clothed With Humility

When you got dressed this morning did you put on humility? 1 Peter 5:5 says, “…and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The Greek word for humility means lowliness of mind. Humility is a character quality. It doesn’t change behind closed doors.

When I read this verse I thought back to John 13. Jesus wanted to give His disciples a visual demonstration of humility. Verse 4 says that Jesus, “Rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.” Paul gave another example. Philippians 2:7-8 says, “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

James 3:13 Amplified says, “Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his (good) works with the (unobtrusive) humility (which is the proper attribute) of  true wisdom.” The word ‘unobtrusive’ means to not be conspicuous or attracting attention.

Humility is a mindset that demonstrates our dependency on the Lord. John 15:5 says that apart from Him we can do nothing. We can know this intellectually, but continue to do things in our own strength. Therefore we will always be resisted by the Holy Spirit. Our flesh and the Holy Spirit oppose one another like two magnets.

Humility comes from the heart. It is a spiritual reality based in trust. Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and long suffering are key components in heart forgiveness. There is absolute abstinence of arrogance, conceit, or haughtiness. It is the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” The answer is no.

James 4:1 Amplified says, “What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?” Romans 16:17 says to watch out for divisions and offenses. Discord, feuds, conflicts, quarrels, and fighting are pride words.

Unforgiveness in families, marriage, churches, or any organizations disrupt God’s design for unity. Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Verse 2 says that it is like precious oil upon the head. Verse 3 says that it is like the dew descending on the mountains. Then it says,”…for there the Lord commanded the blessing–life evermore.” The path of humility is strewn with grace and abundant blessings.

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