Humility Before God and Men (1Pet.5:5)

"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." (1Pet 5:5)

~Humility before God includes humility before fellow humans as well. What matters more is not how much we know or what we have accomplished, but how much we love God. For, "Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him (1Cor 8:1-3). Humility doesn't mean compromise of truth and values. There is something called a false humility that we must beware of. G.K.Chesterton said it well, "But what we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.... We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table." A humility that fears to speak the truth in love is not true humility at all. A knowledge that is not teachable is not true knowledge as well. True humility is submissive and willing to learn even from a child. Pride, however, regards self-esteem above the knowledge of the truth. True humility doesn't regard itself as superior to anyone because of anything whatsoever; pride despises others for very minor reasons. To be submissive to one another doesn't mean to be slaves of people; it means to have an attitude of willingness to serve anyone as one would serve Christ; to not judge, but to have compassion; to not try to justify self, but to live a life of repentance all the time.....

God knows those who love Him; not those who know about or argue about Him, or even use His name.


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