Tuesday, May 2
Peter also contrasts pride and humility in 1 Peter 5:5-7. Addressing young men, he says “All of you clothe yourselves with humility because (quoting Prov. 3:34) ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” The analogy of clothing oneself with humility is interesting. Clothing implies being fully covered—not just a hat or a pair of shoes. Humility is to be a constant and observable feature of our persona, a reflection of who we are. Business attire is quite different than a cowboy hat and riding boots, or Bermuda shorts and a T shirt. Clothing also covers one’s nakedness. Public appearances sans clothing subjects a person to scorn and shame. Not a pretty picture, but it surely takes care of pride. A Christian without humility is like that. Keeping Peter’s analogy in mind should be a fairly good deterrent. And I think we can apply this to more than just young men. Plus I think we can include negative conduct other than anger—lying, cheating, et al., particularly if it’s a pattern. Right behavior draws attention—because it’s not common practice in the world. No change, no attraction, no witness.