1 Peter 5:5, 6 - Seeking Humility and Ignoring Pride.

1 Peter 5:5, 6 (NIV) In the same way, you 
who are younger, submit yourselves to your 
elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility 
toward one another, because, God opposes the 
proud but shows favor to the humble. 6 Humble 
yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that 
he may lift you up in due time. 


   Rick called me into the dining room one 
morning. Right out front were three tom turkeys 
puffed up, tail feathers spread in all their 
magnificence - and one plain little tina turkey pecking 
at tidbits in our garden. Faces purple and red, 
the boys strutted this way and that. One even 
did a side walking routine that had Rick and me 
laughing inside the house. Soon another two toms 
showed up. I guess this was a gorgeous hen. 
   She paid no attention. Aloof, she focused 
on the food in front of her slender face. Peck. 
Peck. Peck-peck-peck. One young tom approached in 
all his glory, and when she looked at him, you 
could see him puff up with pride. Three others 
thought enough was enough and approached him. He 
deflated like a balloon and shot down the street. 
Another gave up and wandered off. Miss Hen ignored 
the three remaining suitors. 
   We left them to their courtship ritual 
and got ready for church. As we drove down the 
road, there they were, the three puffed-up toms, 
still trying to woo the hen's favors. She was 
perched on the wood fence looking down her beak at 
   The strutting tom turkeys made us laugh, 
but pride is never funny or attractive. 'Look at 
me; look at me" is often the cry of a child who 
wants all the attention fixed on me, me, me! Pride 
keeps us focused on ourselves and prevents us from 
turning to God. Relationships suffer and die when we 
cling to pride, because we're so worried about 
ourselves that we can't spare any energy to care 
genuinely for others. 
   The antidote to pride is humility. God 
calls us to dress ourselves" with humility and 
promises He will give grace to the humble - to those 
who understand that He is Lord and they are 
   People can certainly make turkeys out of 
themselves. King Solomon stated it bluntly in the book 
of Proverbs: Pride leads to disgrace, but 
with humility comes wisdom" (11:2). Tom Turkey 
might have been more successful if he'd been 
feathered with humility. 
Think back on a time when you reacted to a 
situation out of pride rather than humility. What was 
the result? How can pride blind us to the needs 
of others around us and keep us at arm's length 
from God? 
This week, reflect on what triggers you to 
react with pride. Meditate on Proverbs 11:2 or 1 
Peter 5:5 and ask God to help you let go of pride 
and develop humility. 
   Connect With God
Dear Lord, so often I react with pride 
because I feel threatened. I'm worried about being 
respected or about getting what I think I deserve. 
It's exhausting to care so much about what others 
think of me, and I know sometimes I'm just making 
a fool of myself. Please help me to respond 
out of humility instead of pride. Teach me to 
remember that You are God and I am Your child - no 
more, no less. I don't have to grasp for what I 
want because I have everything I need in You. 
[Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers] 


   Jesus set aside the privileges of 
deity and took on the status of a slave, became 
human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was 
an incredibly humbling process. He didnt 
claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a 
selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, 
obedient death"and the worst kind of death at that: 
a crucifixion (Phil. 2:7"8 MSG). 
   Lets follow his example. Lets 
put on the apron of humility, to serve one 
another (1 Pet. 5:5 TEV). Jesus entered the world to 
serve. We can enter our jobs, our homes, our 
churches. Servanthood requires no unique skill or 
seminary degree. Regardless of your strengths, 
training, or church tenure, you can  
   Love the overlooked. Jesus sits in your 
classroom, wearing the thick glasses, outdated 
clothing, and a sad face. Youve seen him. Hes 
   Jesus works in your office. Pregnant 
again, she shows up to work late and tired. No one 
knows the father. According to water-cooler 
rumors, even she doesnt know the father. Youve 
seen her. Shes Jesus. 
   When you talk to the lonely student, 
befriend the weary mom, you love Jesus. He dresses in 
the garb of the overlooked and ignored. 
Whenever you did one of these things to someone 
overlooked or ignored, that was me - you did it to 
me (Matt. 25:40 MSG). 
   You can do that. Even if your sweet spot 
has nothing to do with encouraging others, the 
cure for the common life involves loving the 
overlooked. You can also  
   Wave a white flag. We fight so much. 
Where do you think all these appalling wars and 
quarrels come from? asks the brother of Jesus. 
Do you think they just happen? Think again. 
They come about because you want your own way, 
and fight for it deep inside yourselves 
(James 4:1 MSG). Serve someone by swallowing your 
pride. One more aspect of servanthood.. 
   Every day do something you dont want 
to do. Pick up someone elses trash. 
Surrender your parking place. Call the long-winded 
relative. Carry the cooler. Doesnt have to be a big 
thing. Helen Keller once told the Tennessee 
legislature that when she was young, she had longed to 
do great things and could not, so she decided 
to do small things in a great way. Dont be 
too big to do something small. Throw 
yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that 
nothing you do for him is a waste of time or 
effort (1 Cor. 15:58 MSG). 
   A good action not only brings good 
fortune, it brings Gods attention. He notices the 
actions of servants. He sent his Son to be one. 
When you and I crest Mount Zion and hear the 
applause of saints, well realize this: hands 
pushed us up the mountain too. The pierced hands of 
Jesus Christ, the greatest servant who ever lived. 
[Max Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


1 Peter 5:5, 6: Humility vs. Pride: 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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