Humility Avoids Arrogance

January 7, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 5

Instructing an entire group of disciples our brother Peter writes, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:5b-6).

Humility’s cloth radiates the presence of Christ. As disciples we wear the same clothing. Following Christ’s fashion-line certifies our commitment (Philippians 2:8). All fabric known as arrogance is woven in hell’s factory.

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Arrogance is overbearing pride wrapped in self-importance. Arrogance is not attractive. Arrogance certifies the attitude, “I am never wrong.” When my own self-importance overrules another’s need, my discipleship has fallen to the ground like a forgotten coat.

Focusing on the give-n-take between disciples and church leaders Peter wrote, addressing such challenges. Apparently enough specific first century difficulties were occurring that the Apostle felt it wise to add specific counsel. Peter included a direct challenge for humbly living the called-out life: “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders” (I Peter 5:5a).

Life Applications

  • As you provide leadership in your family or church, when do you encounter situations calling for humility?
  • Does Jesus’ story in Luke 18:9-14 influence your behavior?
  • If you are employed, when is humility appropriate and necessary?
  • In your opinion when should instruction in humility be emphasized?
  • How do you understand God’s expectations of leaders?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Grace and peace to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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