Pride is a Grace Killer

Pride

Daily Reading: (1 Peter 5:5-6, James 4:6-7):

“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

“God resists the proud”, we see this over and over again with Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees. It isn’t that God doesn’t love the Pharisees, but that the resistance provides the opportunity for the proud to be humbled, and to consider a better way in which they might receive grace.

Pride is what will hinder you from receiving the grace that God wants to give you (1 Peter 5:5) because you believe that you don’t need it or will try to work to earn it. God is not impressed with your sacrifice, especially when you are not impressed with His.

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8).

C.S. Lewis said,“humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” It is being compassionate and loving to one another as Peter wrote.Pride looks at self-efforts, humility says look at what Christ has done for me.

On the Mount of Transfiguration after the voice of God came from heaven and told the three disciples “listen only to My Son” this is what Jesus had to say to them in Matthew 17:7: “Arise and do not be afraid.” What Jesus is telling His disciples is to “allow yourself to be lifted by God.” True humility is when you allow the voice of grace to lift you up (Matthew 17:7, 1 Peter 5:6).  “God shows favor to the humble.” Because the humble are those who have received His Son. And when you are lifted by allowing Jesus’ finished work to do this for you (humility), you realize that you stand on equal ground with Him because you have been given His righteousness. Everything God desires to give us, it is available through Jesus. Pride says, “no thanks, I’m good, I got this.” God opposes this attitude. This shuts down the pipeline of His special grace unto us, the grace that grows us and makes us more and more like His Son.

James writes in 4:6-7: “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Both men quoted from Proverbs 3:34 to show how important this is.

Leading up to these verses James is going to hammer home the point of how destructive and dangerous pride is. Pride brings with it strife, division, and war. Pride leads to wars and fights, lust, and murder but God gives abundant grace. You can choose to be proud or you can choose to receive abundant grace. The principle of grace is supply, while the principle of the law is demand. The reason pride is a grace killer is that pride will take our focus off of our supply, Jesus Christ, and it will only focus on the demand placed upon us. Our part is just to exercise faith by receiving from God, His supply of grace, and this is living a life of humility that blesses others out of the abundant grace we have received.

#Final Greeting

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Daily Reading: (1 Peter 5:12-14)

12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.

13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

“With the help of Silas”- Silas using the gifting he had, encouraged Peter to his own gifting, resulting in encouragement to us and the spreading of the grace of God (1 Peter 5:12).

What we have in verse 12 is a perfect example of God (through Peter) exalting Silas through the written Word as mentioned in verses 5 and 6.  Because in the very same chapter 1 Peter 5:5-6: “God resists the proud,  But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

Now, I can tell you the secret of encouragement. How do you encourage brothers and sisters in the faith? The key is in the word “faithful” (pistos)- in the New Testament, one who trusts in God’s promises.  Silas would remind Peter, Paul and possibly Mary 😊 of the promises of God, to put your trust in God’s Word and this served as a word of encouragement for those who were on the front lines (1 Peter 5:12).

Why does Peter write this letter- he reminds us in his closing remarks to encourage you. Who is the who that Peter refers to? Look at 1 Peter 1:1 and you will find the who is written to the exiles – the persecuted Christians forced out of their homeland and now living as foreigners in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.  I am reminded to encourage you because when I was down and out I received encouragement from Silas.

“I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.” So, #1 I am writing to encourage you- and #2 testify that I am speaking the true grace of God. So, in that statement as we deconstruct it, encouragement in the faith can only be found in the good news of Jesus Christ, anything else is a false gospel because it is not the true grace of God.

“Greet one another with a kiss of love.” The kiss is a sign of fraternal affection, Christians were accustomed to welcome or dismiss their companions in the faith. So, upon greeting a fellow believer and upon them leaving it was always a greeting and departing of love (1 Peter 5:13). It is the bond of being in Christ that can bring harmony between individuals (1 Peter 5:13) and make it possible to greet each other and depart from one another always in love.

 

 

 

# Anxiety and Humility

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Daily Reading: (1 Peter 5:5-7)

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

The beauty of casting your anxiety on Him is that it is an indirect call to boldness and courage (1 Peter 5:7). Because the opposite of boldness is fear or anxiety. The threat in this text that tempts us to be anxious is actually humility. The reason for this is that pride essentially is a refusal to trust in God (Proverbs 28:25). Trust is the opposite of pride. It’s the essence of humility. It’s the confidence that the mighty hand of God is not over you to crush you but to care for you just like the promise says (1 Peter 5:7). The secret of humility is being able to cast your anxiety on God.

The NASB and the KJV don’t have a period between verse six and seven of 1 Peter five because verse seven does not start a new sentence in the original Greek. Casting your anxiety on God is not simply a separate thing that you do after you humble yourself. It’s something you do in order to humble yourself, or in the process of humbling yourself.

How Do You Cast Your Anxiety on God?

The word “casting” in verse 1 Peter 5:7 occurs one other time in the New Testament—in Luke 19:35, “They brought it to Jesus, and casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus on it.” So, the meaning is simple and straightforward: if you have a piece of clothing on and you want an animal to carry it for you, you “cast” the clothing on the animal. In this way you don’t carry the load anymore it has been cast on another. How do you practically make the anxiety transfer from your back to God’s back? Trust that He cares for you.