Daily Devotion - October 23, 2020 - Finally, Living in Humility

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – October 23, 2020
Reading: Micah 6:8; 1 Peter 3:8-12
Weekly Theme: True Humility
Today: Finally, Living in Humility

“Finally”…this word indicates that we are nearing the end of a conversation or are about to reach some conclusions. Finally, today we will conclude our weekly theme on true humility as we receive advice from the apostle Peter as he writes to Christians scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithnyia. Finally, we are going to understand the reason that it is so important to allow God’s Spirit to empower us with humility.

From a worldly perspective, humility is not the number one characteristic in a list of those traits needed for success in this life. In fact, a quick internet search will produce a list of characteristics needed for success that looks like this: drive, self-reliance, willpower, patience, integrity, passion, connection, optimism, self-confidence, and communication. No mention of humility here! Yet Micah 6:8 gives us a much shorter list of what pleases the Lord or what it is that the Lord requires or expects of us: act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.

In 1 Peter 3:8-12, Peter concludes his advice to those in the most intimate of relationships…the relationship between husband and wife. In the preceding 7 verses, Peter addresses the need for mutual love and respect between two people who are in the most sacred earthly relationship…marriage. He concludes his remarks by broadening his audience to “all of you” and reveals the keys to harmonious relationships…sympathy, brotherly and sisterly love, compassion…and then, there it is…our word for the week…humility. In order to be blessed in this life, we must not fight evil with evil, but with blessing and in doing this blessing will be obtained. In other words, the key to loving life and seeing good days is not the ten-item list of traits that are listed in the above paragraph. The true key to experiencing love and goodness is to keep our tongues from speaking evil, to do good and to seek and pursue peace. Or to repeat Micah 6 again, act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. God’s favorable response to this is God will see his righteousness at work in our lives and will be attentive to our prayers. God cannot be in the presence of evil and has shown us in the Scripture that walking humbly with God is the linchpin for acting justly and loving mercy.

Finally, we conclude this week’s devotional focus on true humility but may we never forget its centrality in our walk with God. Humility begins with a contrite (repentant) heart. Humility is “of God” but also is how we approach God in prayer. Humility leads us to be obedient to God by living out the Great Commandment and carrying out the Great Commission… that is, to love God and love neighbor so that we might go forth and make disciples of all the nations and in so doing bear witness to a transformed word.

Dear God, thank you for giving us a week of focusing on what it means to have a truly, humble spirit. Help us to remember that humility is of you…it is made available only through the power of your Holy Spirit. Even as we pray this prayer, remind us of our need for your Spirit to empower us with humility so that we can love You, love neighbor and further your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Equip us with what we need today to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you, O Lord. We ask this in the name of your most humble servant, Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 
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