The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.” (Proverbs 3:34 NLT)
“In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Both young and old can benefit from Peter’s instructions. Pride often keeps older people from trying to understand young people and keeps young people from listening to those who are older. Peter told both young and old to be humble and to serve each other. Young men should follow the leadership of older men, who should lead by example. Respect those who are older than you, listen to those younger than you, and be humble enough to admit that you can learn from others.
“But He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”” (Jas 4:6 NLT)
The cure for evil desires is humility (see Proverbs 16:18, 19; 1 Peter 5:5, 6). Pride makes us self-centred and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine. It creates greedy appetites for far more than we need. We can be released from our self-centered desires by humbling ourselves before God, realizing that all we really need is his approval. When the Holy Spirit fills us, we see that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. (Tyndale Study Bible)
All the world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. Powerful, don’t you think.?
I was at a birthday party last Friday evening, and my observation there was, and please understand it was only an observation, not a judgment, one can see humility and lack thereof from a mile away. There are many people dressed to the hilt trying to attract attention to themselves, some with lots of clothes and some with very little. All that just for a moment of worldly glory and nothing permanent. What are we as society chasing?
I can’t help to comment on some people’s behaviour. Why do that? Nobody will respect you if behaving indecently. How many times have you thought “what an idiot” at a party or other event? That’s what I love about the old days – chivalry, gentlemanly and ladylike behaviour. Everybody seemed to move and operate with grace.
So we had a good example, but did we learn from our elders? We are first to be an example for others and especially those younger than us. Then, in turn, we should respect our elders and leaders. A lot seems to go wrong with all of this. My observation over time is to lead by example and be humble. No questions will be asked of you. What follows humility is unselfishness.
Unselfish and humble, what a person!
“Lord I pray for these attributes. Amen.”