True Humility

Donna Melby | March 6, 2018

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1 Peter 5:5–6

In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.

 —1 Peter 5:5–6, NLT

Both young and old can benefit from Peter’s instructions. He instructs both to be humble and serve each other. Pride often can keep older people from trying to understand younger people, and it can deter the young from listening to those who are more experienced. Young people should follow the leadership of their elders, who have a wealth of experience and knowledge. In turn, older people should lead by their example. Both should be humble, realizing that they can learn from each other and that they can serve the Lord side-by-side.

I cannot think of a better example of humility than when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Is that pure humility or what? But many people worry about their status or title. They look for recognition from others for what they do.

When we moved to Florida, one of the first things we did was look for a new church. That’s a tough thing to do when you move away from the church that was your home for over 40 years. We visited one church where the pastor kept bragging about “my church, my people, my sermons.” He even bragged about his perfect Sunday school attendance when he was a boy. Needless to say, that wasn’t the church we chose.

Peter tells us that God’s recognition counts for a whole lot more than praise from a peer. True humility is found at the foot of the throne of God’s grace. In God’s perfect timing, He will bless and honor us more than we can imagine: either in this life or the next.

Questions for reflection and discussion: Consider your present age. Do you listen to those older or younger? Can you think of something you learned from another person of a different age? Think about a truly humble person you have met. What was different about him/her?

This week’s devotions were written by Donna Melby. Donna is the author of many short stories and articles, and has been a member of Wheaton Bible Church for three years. A widow with six children and fourteen grandchildren, her favorite verse is 3 John, verse 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

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