by Jayna Coppedge
“…And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6 (HCBS)
Almost the same words as James 4:6, 10.
Far Eastern cultures, such as the Chinese, value humility, submission and deferring individual preferences to those of the community. My Western culture encourages pride, dominance and insisting on one’s rights, therefore the idea of putting on humility is “foreign” to me. Fortunately, God provides me with not only motivation to be humble, receiving His grace and praise, but also some clear examples of how pride affected people’s lives.
Thinking I already know everything, is pride.
Peter is a great example. To paraphrase Matthew 26:31-35, after celebrating the final Passover before His crucifixion, Jesus predicts that the disciples will scatter. Giving them encouragement, He says, “I will see you in Galilee after I am raised.” Peter argues, “Jesus, you don’t know what you are talking about. Sure, maybe the others will run, but not me. I would rather die than deny you.” Prideful Peter really thought he knew himself better than Jesus knew him. Of course, his egotism led to his humiliation of denying Jesus three times. I have also been guilty of thinking I know more than God.
I shudder at my arrogance. (more…)