Humility Discovers Peace
Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:-7
When we truly only focus upon living for Christ and seek God’s ways in everything we do, what should it matter who is for us or against us? Our goal must be to simply have a good conscience and trust God will defend us. Why, because no one can harm anyone whom God helps. And, if we suffer in silence, we will, without doubt, see that the Lord will help us. He knows when and how to deliver us and it is for our own good that we should submit ourselves to Him. It is God’s purpose to help and to deliver us from all the chaos and confusion that arises in our lives.
However, to help us to realize our need to become humble, it is often to our benefit for others to recognize and rebuke our faults. When we are humbled through our failings, then we will discover peace with others and seek to satisfy those who are angry with us.
Why is this so important for us? It is the humble whom God protects, delivers, loves, comforts, favors, gives great grace, and after their humiliation is raised to glory. As his Word reassures us, the Lord reveals his secrets to the humble and sweetly draws and invites them to himself. When the humble are rebuked they remain in peace because their rest is from God and not from the world. Do not think that we have made any spiritual progress unless we feel that we are inferior to all others; thereby genuinely seek to be humble before the Lord by his gift of grace in our lives. When we are blessed with God’s gift of grace, then we will be able to truly bring genuine peace to others around us. Once we achieve that peace that comes from God, there is a power that we realize which is greater than any knowledge we may have attained.
We should also be aware that a person dominated by their own powerful emotions will turn good into evil, and will easily believe and follow the ways of evil. However, a person who discovers the good of peace within them turns all things to good. The person at peace is not suspicious of others, but the person who is controlled by their own emotions is seemingly always discontented and troubled. The person controlled by their emotions is tossed about, not settled or trusting, affecting others to feel restless as well. Such a person is quick to speak when listening would be best, and neglects doing the things that should be done. Such an unstable person is focused upon the responsibilities of others, but neglects their own responsibilities. We should be zealous about our responsibilities first, and then we can justly and lovingly be zealous about our neighbor’s well-being. Otherwise, it may be true of ourselves that we know how to excuse and color our own actions, attitudes and words, but we are not willing to accept the excuses of others. True justice for us would be to accuse ourselves and excuse others! If we desire to be endured by others, learn first to endure others.
Look carefully how far we still are from true love and humility, for those virtues do not know how to be angry or indignant with others, but only with our “self.”
My daily prayer: Lord in heaven, mighty God and Savior, I pray this day that you would reveal my shortcomings within me through the loving and passionate rebuke of those whom you choose to be your agents for my good in this life. Lord, help me to have a submissive, humble spirit so that I may hear and not reject the rebuke that would come. I pray that your Spirit will stir my heart to humble my own spirit so that I can recognize what others may see in me that I cannot. Lord, may your Spirit stir my conscience and inner soul to discipline myself towards the change that is needed to be more pleasing to your will, ways, and wisdom, and may I become more obedient to your Word for my life. Father God, how can I rightly judge or rebuke others when it is I who need it most? Lord, help me Lord to truly understand how humble submission will lead to the inner peace I desire to have with you, my Lord and Savior. Amen
For additional reading: Romans 8:31; 1 Corinthians 4:3; Psalm 28:7; Job 5:11; James 5:6; Matthew 7:3; 11:25; John 6:44; Galatians 6:2