BCL Grow: Humble Yourselves — 1 Peter 5:6
1 Peter 5:6 (Sanctification)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. — 1 Peter 5:6
“There is no humbling after this. If the pride of the heart is not brought down in this life it will never be; no kindly humiliation is to be expected in the other life. There the proud will be broken in pieces, but not softened; their lot and condition will be brought to the lowest pass, but the pride of their spirits will still remain, from which they will be in eternal agonies, through the opposition between their spirits and lot..” — Thomas Boston, The Crook in the Lot, p. 94.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: Think about a time in your life when you felt particularly humiliated. What did you do? Did you try to justify your actions, condemn yourself, or do a combination of the two?
2. Consider: We can find ourselves in humbling circumstances for a variety of reasons—perhaps due to our own poor choices or sin, someone else’s poor choices or sin, some incident beyond our control, or the situations into which we are born. In all these cases, we must consider that God has allowed these humbling circumstances for his purposes, which ultimately include good for his children.
3. Act: While humiliating circumstances rake against our sinful pride, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Thomas Boston goes on to state, “Humiliation of spirit is a most valuable thing in itself. It cannot be bought too dear.” As difficult as it can seem in the moment, don’t resist God’s work in your life, and submit yourself to the sanctifying work of the Spirit as the time of humiliation is now. Those who refuse to humble themselves before God will be without hope after this season of grace has passed.
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