Life of Humility

Journal Enry // April 3, 2022

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

1 Peter 3:8 ESV

This verse is a good reminder to me of what I am aiming for in my quiet time of reflection after reading God’s word. In this verse there is a call to engage my heart, soul, mind, and strength to love both my God and my neighbor. At the center of this verse is humility. And humility is the singular concept that the Lord has been beating into my head for the past couple of years. That probably sounds a bit harsh, but I feel it is definitely true. It’s true because of my extremely think head and heart. My mind and my heart continually rebel against this pattern of life. A life filled with humility is so contrary to the world and my very own nature. Yet, humility is what I need to embrace if I want to be like Jesus. He is my model of humility and if I want true joy and happiness in Him, then I will be humble in all areas of my life.

Unity of mind calls me, in humility, not to uniformity of thinking but to cooperation in the midst of diversity. In humbleness, I am to be mindful of other’s thoughts and opinions and work together with those who may differ from me in matters of how things are to be done. The how is not nearly as important as the what and the why. Humbleness calls me to value my fellow believer’s opinions and convictions, even when I do not agree with them completely. We can work together for the building up of God’s kingdom.

Sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart. These are all the outworking of a humble heart. A heart that places others ahead of itself. With unity of mind, I will have sympathy. With a humble heart, I will have brotherly love. And a tender heart always places the needs of others as a priority. I love the thought of a tender heart and this is the phrase I most often associate with Jesus. As I read the gospels, the tenderness of his heart just leaps off the page at me. I want this! I want to be known as a tender hearted person. This starts with humility.

If I am going to be humble, it must be in my heart but it must be in my mind as well. My thoughts inform my heart and my heart informs my thoughts. As I review the thoughts in my mind from yesterday or even last week, I realize that I have a long road ahead of me toward humbleness. Such a long road. My heart and mind crave to be the priority. My heart and mind desire to be the center of life. It is a constant battle to be humble. To be content. To be patient. To be kind. To have a tender heart. To have a gentle heart, just like my Savior.

Everything In Jesus

Journal Entry // November 23, 2021

whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies-in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11 ESV

Why do we do what we do? This is the question at the heart of my each and every action. My motivation is a key element to understanding myself. Not just understanding myself the way the world uses that phrase today though. Today the world is immersed in self-help & self-care, which is purely selfish at it’s foundation and against what Peter is talking about here. Understanding myself is meant to delve into my motivations to reveal where I am living, trusting, and believing in myself instead of God alone. The measurement against my motivation is simple: is God glorified through Jesus Christ.

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Good Suffering

Journal Entry // November 22, 2021

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

1 Peter 3:17 ESV

In my everyday living and journey through this life, I don’t always truly believe what Peter is telling us here in this passage. It’s truly difficult to really wrap my mind around this truth. I have such a warped understanding of what love means and I carry this over to how my heavenly Father works in my life. I like to think of love in terms of 1 Corinthians 13, but from a selfish standpoint. Meaning that it is good and proper for my expectation to be set on how others should treat and love me. Even carrying it over to say that if God loves me, then I will be happy and at ease.

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Sojourner and Exile

Journal Entry // November 20, 2021

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV

There is a lot of truth that needs to be unpacked in this short statement from Peter. Peter is urging us to view this life as being in exile (think of living in a foreign land and barred from our homeland) and as a sojourner (think of a temporary stay somewhere). In light of this physical state, we are to not indulge the passions of the flesh. Why? Because these passions are at war against us and seek to destroy our soul.

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Eternal Inheritance

Journal Entry // November 19, 2021

to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

1 Peter 1:4 ESV

What is my inheritance from the Lord that Peter is speaking about? It is nothing else but the outcome of my faith, the salvation of my soul. This is what is being kept and guarded until the proper time. My inheritance is salvation. It is the thing for which the prophets searched and inquired. It is this inheritance that the angels long to look. This raises a simple question for me to contemplate, what’s my heart attitude about this salvation that I have inherited? Do I take salvation for granted and my inheritance as some simple concept? Or do I long for and celebrate the hope of Jesus every moment of every day in praise and thanksgiving?

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