Humbling Yourself - 1 Peter 5:6

Verse of the Day - Day 104

Humbling Yourself
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Today's Bible Verse:

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you ... (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Humbling Yourself

This is one of the many great paradoxes in Christianity: humility is the pathway to glory.

Humbling yourself is far better than getting to the point where God must humble you. And trust me, God has ways of humbling us.

Look at some of the people in the Bible God had to humble: Samson, King David, Nebuchadnezzar. Consider Christian leaders that God has humbled: Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker, Ted Haggard.

Humbling yourself is an important exercise because humility is part of the character of God:

Who can be compared with the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high? He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. (Psalm 113:5-6, NLT)

Over and over in Scripture, humility is praised and rewarded:

Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. (Proverbs 18:12, NLT)

But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12, NLT)

What Does Humbling Yourself Look Like?

Nowhere in the Bible is humility better illustrated than in the life of Jesus Christ:

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8, NLT)

South-African Dutch Reformed leader Andrew Murray (1828–1917) gave this flawless definition of humility:

Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.

The humble person is not one who thinks meanly of himself, he simply does not think of himself at all.

Humbling yourself will require honest self-examination and daily laying down of pride and selfish ambition. If we truly want to be exalted in God's timing, we will cultivate a humble attitude.

(Sources: Michael P. Green. (2000). 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching (pp. 199–200). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books; Easton, M. G. (1893). In Easton’s Bible dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.)

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