Devotional: ‘Clothe Yourselves with Humility’

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1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

As we bring our study of 1 Peter to a close, let me point out some of the important principles Peter gives us that will enable us to stay strong during times of persecution.

Humility Before Others

Peter tells us that whereas God will bless and give grace to those who are humble. He Himself will stand in opposition to those who are proud. James says the same thing in James 4:6. Therefore it is very important that we as God’s people always maintain a spirit of humility. Whether it is to the leaders God has set over us, or to the saints He would have sitting around us, Christ-likeness is seen in our humility. Peter tells us to clothe ourselves in humility. Put humility on like a garment. Consider for a moment the humility of our Savior –

John 13:3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Dependence Upon God

1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

One of the great ways we demonstrate our humility before God is by kneeling before Him in prayer.

Steadfastness Against the Devil

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Peter knew from personal experience who it was that was behind the persecution. It was Satan. No doubt Peter remembered the words spoken to him by His Savior. “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat…” (Luke 22:31)

Satan will do everything he can to keep us from following Christ. Therefore we must always keep in mind that Satan is a defeated foe. I close our study with these final words from our brother Peter. 1 Peter 5: 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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