1 Peter 5 - Lesson

God Is Opposed To The Proud, But Gives Grace To The Humble

Today’s study focuses on three important topics that impact our salvation:

  1. Grace ,
  2. Pride,
  3. And humility.

Our focus scripture is taken from Peter’s first epistle:

  • “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5.

We will begin today’s lesson by defining grace, pride, and humility:

GRACE

“In Christian terms, grace can be generally defined as ‘God’s favor toward the unworthy’ or ‘God’s benevolence on the undeserving.’” (Source: christianity.com.)

PRIDE

“The belief that you are better or more important than other people.” (Source: dictionary.cambridge.org)

HUMILITY

According to christianity.com:

  • “True humility is to see ourselves as we actually are, fallen in sin and helpless without God.”

Other definitions of the word humility include the following:

  • “Godly humility is being comfortable with who you are in the Lord and therefore putting others first.” (source: dougbrittonbooks.com)
  • Humility means, “Meekness, lowliness, and absence of self.” (source: gotquestions.org)

GOD’S GRACE

None of us are worthy of going to Heaven on our own merit.  We are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And yet, the Bible shows us that there is a clear path to get to Heaven that can only be achieved because of these two things:

  1. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross,
  2. The grace of God.

And as we learned from today’s focus verse:

  • “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble .” – 1 Peter 5:5.

Therefore, if we want to receive God’s grace, we need to be humble and not proud. To help in our efforts, we will look at the characteristics of each, the humble and the proud.

SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HUMBLE

  1. They take the focus off themselves, and take an interest in others,
  2. They do not think too highly of themselves,
  3. They understand they need Jesus,
  4. They serve others,
  5. They build others up and do not tear others down,
  6. They are pleasing to God,
  7. They will be exalted! (Mathew 23:12)

FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROUD

  1. They make themselves the focus,
  2. They compare themselves to others and flaunt their accomplishments,
  3. They put others down to try and elevate their own status,
  4. They will be humbled! (Mathew 23:12)

FIVE BIBLE VERSES ABOUT PRIDE AND HUMILITY

The Bible is full of scriptures that warn us about pride and encourage us to be humble. We have selected the following five for today’s lesson:

  1. “When pridecomes, then comes dishonor, but with the humbleis wisdom .” - Proverbs 11:2,
  2. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty (arrogant) spirit before stumbling.” - Proverbs 16:18,
  3. “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” - Proverbs 29:23,
  4. “God is opposed to the proudbut gives grace to the humble.” - James 4:6,
  5. “Everyone who is proudin heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not be unpunished.” - Proverbs 16:5.

TAKING THE FOCUS OFF OURSELVES AND PUTTING IT ON OTHERS

God wants us to take the focus off ourselves and put it on Him and on serving others. When Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He responded:

  1. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.” –   Mathew 22:37,
  2. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” –   Mathew 22:38-40.

In other words, God wants us to do exactly what His Son did:

  1. Follow His commandments,
  2. Serve others!

When we do this, we are being humble. This pleases God and will result in our being exalted at the proper time.

However, if we allow ourselves to be driven by sinful pride, we will be in opposition to God and we will receive His wrath.

CONCLUSION

Our salvation would not be possible if not for the sacrifice of Jesus, and the grace of God.

It is only by the grace of God that we can be saved through faith. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Ephesians:

  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9.

The more we study the Bible, the more we will realize that God’s grace is an amazing gift that we want and need to receive. And if we want to receive God’s grace in abundance, our focus needs to be on practicing humility and not allowing ourselves to be overtaken by the sin of pride.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:6-7.

Comments

John

I can remind myself not to worry and that God loves me even when I make mistakes or bad decisions.

I can have hope that I will someday be exalted in heaven if I am humble while on earth.

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PK

Yes, I saw this in my friend who came down with rheumatoid arthritis. When I said to her, “How could this happen to you?” She calmly replied, “PK, why shouldn’t it happen to me?” She was the exact example of this for me. She was right, we will have sufferings of any sorts, it should not be unexpected. She was not surprised and has always glorified Christ throughout!

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Michael
PK

Very encouraging. Thanks for posting PK!

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Donna JesusFollower
PK

PK: that is beautiful, may God bless her and let her suffering be short. Thanks for sharing.

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Tommy

If we don't humble ourselves, God will.

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