Humility pays off, always
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:8-9
The Bible talks a lot about being humble, why do you think that is? I believe that it’s more important to be humble than it is to be right. Let’s say that you and your spouse do not necessarily agree on some topics, I know that never happens but let’s say it does for this. Lol. Is it really important that you win the battle and what will it really cost you in the end?
Those are questions that I ask myself every time that we start to bicker. Does it really matter if I am right? Will it matter in 5 years if I win this argument? Most of the time the answer is no it won’t. I was always told, as a child that I could argue with a fence post, and in the end, the fence post would give up before I did. I sure hope that I have changed that some.
Humility is something that allows us to see that being right isn’t all that matters. Sometimes we fight and fight and fight to get what we want and in the end, it wasn’t what we really needed. Being humble and compassionate allows us to see the other side of every conversation or situation. There is a good chance that we can’t see the whole picture, especially when we get aggravated.
The second part of these verses talks about not repaying evil with evil. The best mentor that ever walked the earth, Jesus, spoke about how to treat your enemies. He said that if one of them asks for your shirt then give them your coat. Even if someone wrongs you forgive him or her immediately and do not try to wrong them. I can tell you that I have struggled with this many times, and I’m sure that the struggle is not over. I try hard every day though to this my principle.
Lord, we come you to today with an extremely open heart. We ask for so much and you have already given us more than we can ever imagine.
We ask that you help our hearts to be humble, compassionate, sympathetic, and forgiving. We also ask that you help us to be strong enough and have the courage to pray for those who have wronged us.
Help is to show them the love they so desperately need. Help us to follow in your son’s footsteps and listen, really listen to his advice about giving. Lord we thank you for everything that you blessed us with, we thank you for your love, your compassion, and your sympathy. Lord thank you!