In 1 Peter 5:5, Peter calls the church to “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” No one in their right mind wishes for God to oppose them, yet, so often we carry pride deep within our hearts. What are some ways we can cultivate humility?
(1) Humility understands one’s place under God as a sinner in need of God’s grace (Luke 18:31); God Himself teaches humility (Psa 25:9). To truly know God is to know humility (Dan 10:12).
(2) Humility is cultivated by walking with God (Micah 6:8)
(3) Humility is found in the example of Christ: He didn’t count Himself equal with the Father, but took on the form of a servant (Phil 2:5-7); Jesus did not consider Himself too good for any task (John 13:3-17).
(4) Humility is cognizant of the fact that Christ suffered humiliation; so should you (John 15:20).
(5) Humility doesn’t take itself too seriously, but takes God seriously. A humble person can laugh at himself, for he is not overly concerned with his dignity or ego.
(6) Humility can be developed by trying things that you are not good at.
(7) Humility depends upon and needs God’s Word in order to understand his or her place (Heb 4:12).
(8) Humility is aware of one’s own creaturely-ness before the Creator (Ezek 28:2, Luke 5:8).
(9) Humility is rewarded: it results in inheriting God’s blessing (Mat 5:5) and exaltation (James 4:10).
Do you see a pattern? Humility is cultivated when we know God and our place before Him. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you” (1 Pet 5:6).