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BEFORE HONOR IS HUMILITY (4 of 8)
1 Peter 5:5-7
August 25, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The theme of these three verses is the
benefit of submission and humility. Submission is a
vital part of authentic Christian lifestyle. To be
submissive is to obey. A major expression of sin is
that of rebellion against authority. SUBMISSION is a
fundamental attitude of spiritual maturity.
In Titus 3:1-8 Paul challenged the believers to affirm
submission and humility as a testimony of becoming
heirs to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:1-4, "Remind them to be subject to rulers and
authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle,
showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves
were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving
various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and
envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the
kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man
HUMILITY is literally "lowly mindedness." The
humility of those who serve Christ is not merely the
absence of pride or the awareness of limitations.
Christian humility is realism that recognizes grace.
GREAT QUESTION: What does it take to humble yourself?
1 Corinthians 4:6-7, "Now these things, brethren, I
have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos
for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think
beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed
up on behalf of one against the other. For who makes
you differ from another? And what do you have that you
did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why
do you boast as if you had not received it?"
The Christian knows that he did not make himself or
save himself. His humility springs from his total
dependence on the grace of God. Added to that is the
calling and example of his Savior, who had everything
to boast of, but "humbled Himself and became obedient
to death, eve ...
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