The Mother of All Virtues
If pride is the mother of sin, then humility is the mother of all virtues. Scripture tells us over and over again to clothe ourselves in humility. And gives us some powerful reasons to do so.
Here is one such passage:
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “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, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (I Peter 5:5-11 NKJV)
Notice several reasons Peter gives us for choosing to humble ourselves:
1. God resists the proud, but “gives grace to the humble.” God offers unmerited favor, undeserved blessings, well-timed help, and moment-by-moment assistance to the humble. Not to the proud. Can you use more grace on a daily basis?
2. God will “exalt you” in due season, if you humble yourself. He does not tell you just how God will exalt you, but he guarantees you God will. Wow!
3. God will “care” for you. God will literally take personal interest in everything regarding the humble, and actively attend to you and watch over you with “deepest affection.” Knowing this, you can cast “all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him.” (AMP). What a promise!
4. God will protect you from the devil who is looking for someone to “devour.” The proud are an easy prey for the enemy. But God defends the humble, as He cares for you and gives you grace in every situation and under all circumstances. Thank God!
5. The God of all grace will be with the humble during times of suffering and “after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” How comforting, how reassuring, how empowering!
Why does God make such magnificent promises to the humble? According to Peter, it is so that through these “exceedingly great and precious promises…you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4) These Scriptural rewards provide the Holy Spirit with what He needs to motivate and empower us to obey.
Child of God, do you want to partake of the divine nature? Then, make the decision to clothe yourself and walk in the humility God provides for you in Christ. Ask Him to break the power of pride in your life and to change your attitude. Start to pore over and pray over these precious promises daily. By so doing, you will be cooperating with the Holy Spirit and He, who is faithful, will give more grace as He produces His humility in you.
Be blessed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.