1 Peter 4
2 Peter 1

1 Peter 5

 In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.”

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Peter has been talking to his audience about all the people we are to submit ourselves to - governing authorities, to our bosses, wives to husbands.  Now he tells the younger believers to submit to older believers, not only out of respect for their age but also out of respect for their spiritual maturity.  Truth is not every "senior" believer is a mature Christian though so we are to be careful who we submit ourselves to in regards to allowing them to direct us towards spiritual maturity.  I love the quote from Chuck Swindoll who says that "some people have been believers for 20 years but it is simply one year repeated 20 times."   For those who are older believers it is our responsibility to ensure that we are growing so that we can be a help to younger believers.

The even bigger admonition though is that we are to submit to each other.  I would imagine that many of the issues we deal with as people would be solved so much more quickly if we took the approach of submitting to each other.  The generation gap would go away as older people submit to younger people and accept the good changes that come with a young generation, and if younger people would submit to older people imagine how many mistakes and heartaches could be avoided.

The trick to honoring and respecting each other is that we first and foremost submit to God and follow Jesus' example.  See Philippians 2:1-11 and keep in mind that humility is not demeaning ourselves and thinking poorly of ourselves, it is really the understanding of laying down our rights and putting others above ourselves.  Try it and see what happens.


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