"Humble Power!" 4.4.14

Listen to a poignant word from God today from 1 Peter 5! In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud     but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Last Sunday we heard about "Listening!"   The scripture reading about humility!

Listening and Humility - is there a connection?

WOW!  I had not thought of it before but actually the connection is huge when I think about it.  When we listen we are pouring tremendous value into someone else.  When we listen we are saying, "You count!"  When we listen we are letting our own sense of importance take a back seat to the other person's story.  We can be selfish in our listening - just getting the information we need to further our own agenda - but listening born out of the humility Peter is talking about is something more.  Listening just enough to satisfy the needs of our own agenda is more an expression of pride than humility.

I noticed in the passage Peter is calling us to a humility expressed in our relationship with others and a humility expressed in our relationship with God.  I am especially take with the motivation for humility.

Why be humble?

Peter's answer is simple.  "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble!"  We all need God's grace.  We can't live without grace.  A life of active humility opens me up to receiving God's grace.  Pride and self-seeking snubs God and seals my heart off from the grace I need.

Listening is a real and active way for me to practice humility.  I practice humility by intentionally listening to others  I practice humility by intentionally listening to God.

Yesterday I was so blessed by a conversation I had.  I realize why now.  I had not talked to brother for months.  We both took some time to talk - an hour and a half.  I know now why it was such a blessing.  He listened to me in very real way.  He asked questions about my life, inquired how I was doing, listened intently, wasn't in a hurry even though he is a busy man, made comments to assure me he was still engaged - I was blessed!  Someone humbled themselves and  loved me by listening.

The humility of listening!

It's a great day to listen!