Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another,
for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5.5.
God gives grace. That line still causes my heart to flutter. God is good, so he will not let sin go unpunished. And God is so good, that he gives grace and mercy. God has made a way for him to be just in giving us grace, and that is all wrapped up in Jesus. Jesus takes the punishment for our sins, and since God's justice is satisfied, he pours out grace on us. He is poised to give us grace. God is so good, he delights to give us grace. Remarkable. That is the gospel message!
How do we get this grace? One word: humility. The biggest heart barrier between us receiving grace is our pride. Pride doesn't like to receive anything but praise from others. But the gift of grace from God is a gift that causes us to become humble and increase in humility to receive it. The gospel message is sort of like getting a healthy lifestyle book from a friend for Christmas. To receive the book, you have to acknowledge that your lifestyle is unhealthy, and you need help to change.
To receive grace from God, we have to acknowledge that pride is wicked (so much so that God opposes our pride with all of his goodness), that pride is the greatest problem in our lives, and that we are proud. Looked at this way, we start to see that our biggest problems and dangers are not out there, but inside our hearts. The greatest joy for us becomes ridding our lives of pride. Our ambition becomes clothing ourselves every day with humility toward others and God.
The great promise attached to all of this, is that we receive grace, God's grace. The great warning in this passage, if we pursue pride, God will oppose us.
What is your ambition today? Is it to increase in humility? God's grace will be yours. Amazing.