Family Bible Study lesson for August 22: Be Humble : Friday, Aug. 6, 2004
August 6 2004 by Phyllis Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for August 22: Be Humble : Friday, Aug. 6, 2004
Friday, Aug. 6, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for August 22: Be Humble

By Phyllis Elvington
Focal Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-14, 17-21; 3:1-4, 7-9; 5:5-7

Be humble. Now there's a phrase you don't hear every day. Can't you just hear the young mom giving last minute instructions before the kids leave for school: "Have a great day! Work hard. And don't forget - be humble."

Come to think of it, when was the last time you heard a person advise someone else to be humble? It just doesn't seem to fit with the prevailing culture of our day, does it? We're much more accustomed to hearing people talk about succeeding regardless of the cost or looking out for number one.

What is this humility thing really all about? Webster defines humility as "the state or quality of being humble; absence of pride or self-assertion."

It must be important to God regardless of the world's view of humility. Micah 6:8 shows us three ways we can please God and one of them involves being humble: "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Submit to authorities

1 Peter 2:13-14, 17-19

Submit is a word we all love to hear. It falls in the category of being one of the most misunderstood and most needed words in the English language today. "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men" (v.13).

I truly believe the majority of problems occurring in our schools today comes from a failure in submission to authority. Children - and even some adults - think they can make up the rules as they go along. This, however, is contrary to what God's word says about submission to authority.

For a clear view of God's plan in this area, read Romans 13:1-7. For Jesus' views on obeying both man's laws and God's laws, read Matthew 22:15-22. And if you still need help in discerning what is right to do, read Peter's solution in Acts 5:25-32.

Imitate Christ

1 Peter 2:20-21

Imitate Christ. It's easier said than done, isn't it? What would Jesus do? Again, that is easier said than done. I believe we are going to have to work on this one for a fairly long time before we get it right. Read Matthew 5:43-48 and Luke 6:32-36 for help in this area of true humility.

Honor your spouse

1 Peter 3:1-4, 7

Peter made it clear in this passage that honoring your spouse is a two-way street. "Likewise, you wives, be submissive to your husbands," (v.1) and "Likewise, you husbands, live understandingly with your wives" (v.7).

True humility is found in considering the needs of others before considering our own needs. Jesus is our example in sacrificial giving to others: "I came not to be served, but to serve..." (Matt. 20:28).

Show compassion

1 Peter 3:8-9

"And when He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them ..." (Matt. 9:36a). Compassion goes deeper than pity.

Compassion occurs when you put yourself in someone else's place and you feel their pain. At that moment, you are compelled to do something - anything - to help that person.

Just remember, you cannot see someone else's pain if your eyes are focused on yourself.

Depend on God

1 Peter 5:5-7

Jesus personified humility.

  • He emptied Himself (Phil. 2:5-7a).
  • He came in the form of a servant (Phil. 2:7b).
  • He trusted God completely (Matt. 26:39).
  • Humility is formed in relationships - our relationship to God and our relationship to others.

    To be humble, then, involves having a proper perspective of who God is, who we are in Him, and how we should treat others.

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