1 Peter 5:5, 6 - Humility; Avenue of Grace.

1 Peter 5:5, 6 (NKJV) Likewise you younger 
people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all 
of you be submissive to one another, and be 
clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, 
But gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore 
humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, 
that He may exalt you in due time,  



The Holman Bible Dictionary defines humility 
as a personal quality in which an individual 
shows dependence on God and respect for other 
persons. Augustine says, "It was pride that changed 
angels into devils; it is humility that makes men 
as angels." Again, he says, "Should you ask me, 
What is the first thing in religion? I should 
reply, The first, second, and third thing therein - 
nay all- is humility." Ben Franklin said, "After 
crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser." 
Jonathan Edwards "Nothing sets a person so much out 
of the devil's reach as humility." "The fullest 
and best ears of corn hang lowest toward the 
ground." (Edward Reynolds) "I believe the first test 
of a truly great man is his humility." (Ruskin) 
"Humility is the Christian's greatest honor; and the 
higher men climb, the further they are from 
heaven." (Jane Porter) "True humility makes way for 
Christ, and throws the soul at His feet." (J. Mason) 
[Yokefellow Bible Study mod] 

Humility is a fruit of the Spirit, the 
result of his ministry in our hearts. But this 
ministry does not occur without deliberate, conscious 
effort on our part. The Spirit does not make us 
humble; he enables us to humble ourselves in these 
difficult situations.... A very common occasion for 
showing humility is through serving one another. In 
this area Jesus is our greatest teacher and 
pacesetter.... Jesus' whole life was one of serving others. 
He said he did not come to be served but to 
serve; he went around doing good for others.... 
Jesus also taught us the importance of serving one 
another.... He promised blessing to those who followed 
his example in serving others.... Dependence 
upon the grace of God results in God being 
glorified; it also makes it possible for those who are 
not natural servants to practice humility. His 
grace is sufficient for all of our needs. We can, 
by his ennoblement, learn to serve one another. 
(From The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges) 
[Inspirational SB re Mat 19] 


The Proud: or, the Haughty, the 
Arrogant. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Pride does not know its own need. It so 
admires itself that it recognizes no need to be 
supplied.  It cherishes its own independence. It will 
be beholden to no man and not even to God.  It 
does not recognize its own sin. It is occupied 
with thinking of its own goodness and never 
realizes that it has any sin from which it needs to 
be saved. A pride like that cannot receive 
help, because it does not know that it needs help, 
and, therefore, it cannot ask. [Barclay 
Commentary re Jam.4:6] 


   When youre successful, its much 
easier to fall hard than it is to maintain your 
success. We tend to get proud and forget about God, 
and success crumbles when we do that. 
   If youve found yourself in that 
situation, the first step to take is absolutely 
   The Bible says, Consider how far you 
have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at 
first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and 
remove your lampstand from its place. 
(Revelation 2:5 NIV). 
   If youre getting proud, you must 
repent. That means you change your mind. You go from 
thinking one way about your life to thinking another 
   Why repent? Because humility is a choice. 
Were never told in Scripture to pray for God to 
make us humble. Its something you choose for 
   The Bible says, So humble yourselves 
under the mighty power of God, and at the right 
time he will lift you up in honor (1 Peter 5:6 
   Heres the difference between pride and 
humility: Pride is when you accept credit for things 
that God and other people did through you and for 
you. Humility doesnt mean thinking of yourself 
less. It means thinking of others and God more. 
   If you have experienced some success and 
are beginning to get prideful, then repent - 
today! Change your perspective about who you are 
and where your success comes from. 
   The Bible says, For those who exalt 
themselves will be humbled, and those who humble 
themselves will be exalted (Matthew 23:12 NIV). 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


How Pride Puffs You Up
   In the Bible, yeast is often a metaphor 
for pride and arrogance. Why? Because both pride 
and yeast make things puff up. 
   When you put yeast in dough, the yeast 
puffs up the dough. It only takes a small amount 
for this to happen. 
   Pride in people is similar. Just a little 
pride can puff you up and quickly take over your 
life, getting you in all kinds of trouble. 
   A while back, my wife Kay and I had what 
you might call an argument. We call it a love 
match. After that argument, I wrote in my journal, 
When Im filled with pride, I blow things out 
of proportion.  
   We all do this. When youre filled with 
pride, you blow things out of proportion. All of a 
sudden, little things get you really upset. When 
that happens, you know youre dealing with 
pride. Wherever you find conflict anywhere in the 
world, pride is always involved.  
   When youre filled with pride - when 
you have the yeast of the Pharisees - 
guess what? You cant see life clearly. Pride 
even blocks you from seeing what God is doing in 
your life. 
   Beware the yeast of the Pharisees 
so that you can more closely follow God. As you 
clear the pride from your life, youll start to 
see how God is working. You may even realize 
hes working a miracle in your life. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 
https://pastorrick.com/devotional/ re Mark 8:13-16] 


   Father, we all have hopes and 
aspirations. We all have dreams. And though there is 
nothing wrong with these, how easy it is to be 
driven by them. How easy it is to feel that if our 
dreams don't come true, we've somehow not been 
loved by You. We've been trained to take care of 
ourselves - a fine idea that has gone to seed. It's 
all about my stuff, my rights, my promotion, my 
salary, my place, my name  how ugly! How 
unchristian. We acknowledge before You that this life is 
not about us or our expectations. 
   Thank You that You never miss a person. 
When it's time for promotion, You won't be late. 
When it's time for rewards, You won't forget. So, 
at this awesome moment, we bow before Your 
mighty throne. We acknowledge that You've been good 
to us when we've not deserved it. You've cared 
for us when we've been careless. You've loved us 
when we've been terribly unloving, and You've met 
our needs when we didn't even stop to think 
about what we ought to be giving to You and Your 
work. You faithfully and graciously and constantly 
pour out Your good things upon us. Thank You for 
Your deliverance. Thank You for Your discipline. 
   Teach us in these tender days the value 
of genuine humility - of a self-forgetful life. 
We ask this so that we might become for You 
messengers whose message makes sense because our lives 
are like Your Son's life - the One who is gentle 
and humble of heart. 
   We pray in His name, for His glory. Amen. 
[Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


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