The Naked Facts

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.

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