Do Nothing From Rivalry or Conceit
But In Humility Count Others
More Significant Than
First, humility is found in our attitude toward one another. In 1 Peter 5: verse 5, Peter says, “all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” The command to clothe ourselves with, or put on, humility toward one another describes our attitude. This is similar to Paul’s statement in Philippians that we are to regard one another as more important than ourselves. This is the essence of humility. Regarding one another as more important than ourselves. If we can’t look around at each other and see them as important or more important than ourselves then what Paul is saying is that you have too high an opinion of yourself. How often do we despise someone in our minds because they are not as smart as we are or as good looking or you fill in the blank? God calls us to be humble in our attitude toward one another. When we begin on this very slippery slope of me-ism, which is the opposite of humility, we become the measure by which everyone else is to judged. Peter says, clothe yourself with humility toward one another.
Secondly, humility is found in our attitude toward God. Peter in 1 Peter 5: verse 6 says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” nWhen we understand that we must center our lives around God and not have God center Himself around our lifestyle we are humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God. When we humble ourselves under God we see that we are underneath. He is calling the shots. We don’t tell Him what we will and will not do. We obey. It is precisely at this point that many people have a problem with God. They will not humble themselves as a little child and obey God. They have their stipulations and God will not cross them. Instead of obedient children these people are acting like little spoiled brats who think that they can pick and choose what parts of God’s Word they will obey and which parts they will dismiss with a wave of their hand as if their declaration will somehow alleviate them of their responsibility before their Creator.
(found in sermon notes from Plainville)