1 Peter 5:5 1 minutes to read

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

How you dress yourself matters to the world around you and to God. However, when God talks about how to dress he’s referring to your inward person. The command here is to “clothe yourself” with “humility toward one another.”
The first teaching point is found in the word “yourselves”. No one can decide for you what attitude you will put on as you interact with others. That’s totally an individual’s choice. We have total control over the attitude we have toward others. The attitude God wants us to put on before we leave our dressing room is humility.

The second teaching point is that humility is an attitude that is displayed toward others. It has to do with our view of self and how we approach and view others. Paul wrote under the same Spirit’s inspiration to the Philippian believers that humility was described by counting “others more significant than yourselves.” That’s impossible in the flesh. In fact it flies in the face of our basic sin problem… we struggle with the “me first” disease. That’s exactly why Peter is saying that the basic attitude we must wear is humility.

The third and final point to pull from this verse is the rationale for “dressing” in this manner. In short, you will be successful! Where is this stated? The last phrase in verse five is “for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” When we choose to wear humility God gives us grace. We need grace to succeed in life every day. We need to cooperate with God to live the way he desires. God helps us, gives us grace, when we humble ourselves toward others. Keep reading and it gets even more evident. God actually resists or opposes the efforts that are done out of pride with the “me first” objective.

Reflection

Have some of your efforts seemed to be facing opposition? Have you wondered why God isn’t cooperating with your plans? Are you dressing for success? Are you "wearing" a humble attitude toward others by counting them more significant, or are you putting your efforts into “succeeding” at someone else’s expense?

Prayer

God, I confess my natural instinct, in the flesh, is to count myself the most significant person on the planet. May I crucify that lie the moment I gain conscious-ness every morning. As I dress myself for the day’s activities, may this verse come to mind. May I value your grace, knowing I need it to succeed in holy living, by choosing to put on humility.