Day 2

Relationships Over Rights

“Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:5).

Most of God’s commands cannot be lived out in isolation, but in community with other people—in the home, at work, in our neighborhoods, at school, and at church. Humility cannot be lived out without other people in our lives. God uses other people as chisels to chip away all in our lives that does not look like Jesus Christ.

The only One who can help us be humble is God Himself. But He often reveals our need to be humble by showing us the dark underbelly of our prideful hearts and the spiritual barrenness that results from it.

Pride destroys our closeness with others when we refuse to be vulnerable and portray ourselves as having it all together. One way to humble ourselves is to admit to God and to others that we are broken and in need of God’s grace. “God gives grace to the humble” by strengthening us to live out the Christian life. The word “grace” here not only involves saving grace, when God wipes away our sin and justifies us, but grace that empowers us to live a life that is dependent on God day-by-day.

When we live this way, we experience His approval (“He exalts us in due time”). James 4:10 also says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Can I tell you something? Arrogance always repels God, but humility creates within God an affection that ultimately leads to receiving honor before God and men.

Application of God’s Truth

Take time to reflect on your relationships and ask God to reveal where you need to give up a right in order to strengthen a relationship that may have been weakened.