Be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
— 1 Peter 5:5
Thoughts on Today's Verse...
The word "submissive" is often viewed as positive or negative based on our personal experience. It is nice having someone serve us submissively, but serving someone else submissively is hard and sometimes imposing work. Unfortunately, we are selfish way too much of the time and don't like to serve or submit to others. However, God is still in direct opposition to anyone full of pride and unwilling to serve others, especially if those "others" are older believers! Whether it's easy to wear the clothes of a submissive servant — the spiritual clothes our Father wants us to wear voluntarily — we are to intentionally clothe ourselves with humility because "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Let's live the blessing of submission in our daily lives!
Father, thank you so much for the great heroes of faith listed in Scripture. Thank you for the heroes of faith who served others and demonstrated their love for others through submission as examples to me. Bless them with strength and health. And now, Father, please use me to bless and to serve all of your children, especially those who have lived many years in faithful service to you and your Kingdom. Because of the grace of Jesus, and in his name, I pray. Amen.
Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Sunday, July 22, 2007
About This Devotional
Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.
All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.