Humility Markers

Series: The Foreigners | Week 5: Finish Strong

Read 1 Peter 5:5-7

1. Who is told to be humble?
2. What other words or phrases are used in connection with the words ‘humility’ and ‘humble’ in these verses?
3. Why are we told to give our worries and cares to God?

Yesterday we saw Peter’s instruction to church leaders. In today’s passage, he continues addressing God’s household by speaking to those who are younger, encouraging them to accept the authority of their leaders. This requires humility, which is a key marker of all Christ followers.

When we humble ourselves under God’s hand, we’re protected but we’re also shaped by Him. This changes how we relate to others in relationship, and it changes how we relate to God. When we come to understand that His timing and ways are for our best, we can fully surrender our own desires and pride. Why do we surrender in this way? Because He cares about us.

Where have you seen pride creep into your life, whether in relating to others or to God? When is the last time you fully surrendered your desires, worries, and cares to Him? Acknowledge where you’ve struggled, and let His mighty hand cover you right now. Let Him remind you of His kindness, and ask for peace as you trust and obey Him.

Want to go deeper? Read the following Proverbs, and note the consequences of pride and the outcomes of humility mentioned in each verse. What do you sense God asking you to do in response?

Proverbs 3:34
Proverbs 11:2
Proverbs 13:10
Proverbs 18:12
Proverbs 29:23

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