The Value of Humility, Self-control and Grace

Today’s text: Ezekiel 33-34      1 Peter 5

The art of letter writing, that is putting pen to paper, has almost been replaced by putting a finger, or thumb, to the keyboard. Before we had the ability to ‘cut, paste or insert’ there was a certain style to communicating with the written word. Writers would generally mention their key points early in the body of the letter. Whatever space that remained was where the focus was shifted to the more succinct thoughts and questions such as: “How is your Aunt Betty?” “Tell your family that I said hello.” As we ran out of space we would often use smaller letters and if even more space was required it was not too unusual to write up the margins. The 5th chapter of 1st Peter reminds me of that style. Short concise truths and personal thoughts lead us to the end of this small, simple but timeless epistle. Originally written as encouragement and instruction to scattered believers living in a hostile world some 2000 years ago, its wisdom is just as insightful as if it were authored today.

While there are several great points in this chapter the three that spoke the most vividly to me were, humility, self-control and grace. We clothe ourselves with humility when we submit ourselves under God’s mighty hand and surrender our cares and anxiety to his charge. Humility reaches fruition when we realize that neither our own wisdom nor our strength is sufficient and entrust our future wholly into his safekeeping.

Self-control speaks to discipline, restraint and clearness of mind. While we do have the privilege of casting our cares on him this doesn’t imply that we are to live carefree, rather we are to live purposefully, alertly and steadfastly in the faith.

Because we are so prone to stumbling we need to ever be mindful of the grace that restores us, strengthens us and keeps firm and steadfast in the faith.

I love how Peter puts it, “I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.”


About Richard McGill

Hi, my name is Richard McGill and my family and I started attending CCC shortly after moving to the area eighteen years ago. Although eighteen years may sound like a long time it has past by so quickly. My wife, Sharon, and I have seen our four children grow and have twice experienced that bitter sweet day when we have loosened our grasp so that our children, could begin families of their own. Sharon and I have been more than rewarded for our sacrifices in that we again, on occasion, have in our home the squeals of laughter that only comes from innocence and youth. We revel in the titles that have been bestowed by sweet little voices and thrill to hear them say Papa and Memaw. In addition to our two married children we have two that are preparing for their future through education. Jenny is finishing her sophomore year at SIU and Alex will graduate from high school this spring. Throughout the past eighteen years I have been privileged to serve in several capacities at CCC. I have been a small group leader, greeter, usher, in the Easter production, on the worship team and have taught Sunday School. While I am honored to be asked to contribute to this most recent effort, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not still trying to find something that I am good at. View all posts by Richard McGill

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