1 Peter 5:5b-7 All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Comparing ourselves to others is such an easy thing to do, right? We look at someone else and find that they are “above” us in some way, whether it is in education, intellect, influence, fashion or possessions. Or, we go the other way and find that we are superior in some way. This can lead to being intimidated, judging someone falsely, acting in ways that are prideful or missing an opportunity to build a relationship.
True humility starts with a right perspective- looking to God. When we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, I think we can look at ourselves—and others—with God’s eyes and His heart. In some areas this means that we have to realize our brokenness but in other ways, we are treasured by God and loved by Him. The same is true with everyone around us. The superficial measures that we often use to judge others are not important to God. He sees our heart and when our heart is right before Him, He can lead us into right relationships with others bases on things that are real and true.
I think it is interesting that Peter adds to cast our anxiety on God. Humility and living in right relationship with one another is not easy! God is our source of strength and He can provide all that we need when we keep our focus on Him.
What is God teaching you about humility?