From Pastor’s Desk: 7-15-12
All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).
Lord, for ever at thy side
May my place and portion be;
Strip me of the robe of pride;
Clothe me with humility.
Of all Scriptural principles, this is perhaps the most difficult to adhere to. It is not human nature to be clothed with humility, much less be subject one to another. History shows, repeatedly, that nations have gone to war time after time, because another nation was trying to bring them into subjectivity.
Of course, this is a principle that the carnal mind cannot understand. Because it is so diametrically opposed to all of man’s nature, it is one of those spiritual battle that rages against continually, even after we have accepted Christ as Savior. The old nature (Rom 7) still rages within, desiring desperately to regain dominion over the new nature. Herein lies the necessity for continual self-discipline. Notice the verse says, “…be subject…” implying that the initiative is absolutely our responsibility.
There will definitely be no subjection to one another unless we are clothed in humility. This is first and foremost. God can find no pleasure in the proud, but when we clothe ourselves in humility, He can then issue forth His grace into our lives.