THEME: SUBMIT TO THE AUTHORITIES
1 Peter 5:5-6
“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
-Apostle Peter exhorts the youth to submit to the elders. Bearing humility which preserves with grace and exultation from the Lord. To exhibit humility through learning and gaining wisdom from elders. In order to ensure submission and respect is gained, the elders are also exhorted to shepherd the sheep well and watching over them, not by dishonest gains but eagerly serving as the Lord wills. Humility thus preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies but pride causes stagnation and eventually down fall. When God gives grace to be humble, His favour, wisdom, faith, holiness and love is imparted upon His children and lifts them up.
Our Lord and our God, our Savior and Almighty Father, we come before You today with humility in our hearts. We thank You for Your goodness and love upon our lives. You are the same yesterday, today and forever, thank You for the peace that we enjoy each day. Fill us Holy Spirit with humility that we may submit to our elders and to You. Help all the elders to shepherd Your flock with love according to Your will. Forgive us all our sins Jesus and deliver us from all forms of pride. Help us to be completely humble, gentle and patient, bearing one another in love. We are Your chosen people Lord, holy and dearly loved by You, clothe us with Your compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; we humbly implore You. Accelerate us Lord in all areas of our lives; according to Your will. We thank You and glorify Your holy name. Amen
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