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." “Humility” I have heard theologians of greater pedigree than I say, “Humility: something that we should always pray for, but never say that we have received.”

I remember saying to my father in my teen years, “I think I am pretty humble.” He responded, “So much so that perhaps you are proud of it.” God promises His grace to the humble. Peter would seem to be saying to us we need to be humble so as to earn the grace of God, but this is not what he is saying at all. It is one thing to think that you are humble; it is another to know that you are unable, by your own strength or power, to earn your salvation, God’s favour, love or attention. Humility for us as Christians is to lament and despair of our own powers, devices, endeavors, will and works, but to depend entirely on the will and work of another, that is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our sinful nature is sinister in that it tricks us into thinking that we can in some small way keep the law and in doing so make a step toward God, or take a step toward the path of righteousness. God’s Word is constant in it's reminder that we do not keep God’s law. Paul says in Romans, “There is no one righteous, no not one.” God’s law teaches us to despair of ourselves, to have no confidence in our ability to keep God’s law and to lay aside any hope that we may, by work of our own, attain salvation. Instead we, in faith, look to Christ as the author and perfecter of our salvation. Everything we have for our salvation is dependent on the work of God and in knowing this we can rest assured in the Christ who “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” What humility our Lord has shown us that we might be rejoice in the salvation he has won for us. Dear friends in Christ, in Christ you are forgiven and in Christ, your humble Saviour, salvation is yours. Sye

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