Humility: We need to live, love, and lead with it.

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Humility has its benefits. Firstly we know that God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Secondly, pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gains honor. Thirdly, the reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches, honor, and life. Therefore, humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Humility as dads:

So, how can we effectively model and demonstrate these principles within our families? To start, it’s crucial to admit when you’re wrong and apologize sincerely. Given that we all make mistakes and our words or actions can inadvertently hurt our families, it becomes paramount to swiftly acknowledge our errors and offer heartfelt apologies.

Furthermore, it’s important to actively listen to your family members with both respect and curiosity. Recognizing that we don’t possess all-encompassing knowledge, it’s essential to approach their words with humility. This involves attentive listening without the inclination to interrupt, judge, or dismiss their perspectives.

In addition, showing appreciation and affirming your family members’ strengths and achievements is a pivotal aspect. By practicing humility, we can effectively acknowledge and celebrate the unique gifts and talents that each family member brings to the table, refraining from feelings of envy or competitiveness. Equally significant is the act of serving your family members with unwavering love and kindness. Prioritizing their needs and interests above our own, without any expectation of reciprocity, showcases a true embodiment of humility and selflessness.

Lastly, seeking feedback and guidance from your family members can greatly enrich the family dynamic. Let’s be the kind of fathers who openly acknowledge that our understanding isn’t all-encompassing. Embracing the wisdom and experience of our family members can significantly contribute to our growth and understanding as individuals and as a cohesive unit.

Humility from today's verse of the day:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.

1 Peter 5:6

Today’s Verse of the Day:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time

1 Peter 5:6 AMP

Let’s embrace the role of dads who willingly humble ourselves under His mighty hand. As dads, we should cast aside the veil of self-righteous pride and instead, lean in and place our trust in God. By faithfully living in alignment with His perfect timing and will, we can rest assured that He will uplift us to a place of honor in His service.

So what are the best ways to put today’s verse of the day into practice as dads?

How can we apply it and make an impact in the lives of our wives, kids, and the world for the glory of God?

  1. Lead by Example: Demonstrate humility in your actions and decisions, showing your family the importance of putting others before yourself.
  2. Prioritize Family: Put your family’s needs ahead of personal desires, showing them that their well-being is your top concern.
  3. Open Communication: Encourage open dialogue with your wife and kids, valuing their input and treating their opinions with respect.
  4. Admit Mistakes: Don’t hesitate to apologize and seek forgiveness when you’re wrong, teaching your children the value of owning up to their errors.
  5. Serve Others: Engage in acts of service within your community, teaching your children the impact of selflessness.
  6. Empower Your Wife: Support and encourage your wife’s endeavors, creating a partnership where her gifts are valued.
  7. Teach Humility: Share stories and lessons about humility from your own life or from relevant scriptures, guiding your children in their character development.
  8. Practice Patience: Exercise patience in challenging situations, demonstrating how humility leads to self-control and wise decision-making.
  9. Acknowledge God’s Role: Remind your family that any success you achieve is due to God’s grace and guidance, emphasizing the importance of humility before Him.
  10. Encourage Growth: Foster an environment of continuous learning and growth, showing that humility involves recognizing there’s always room for improvement.

Practical Applications of 1 Peter 5:6 on being the dads who are living with humility:

  1. Casting Cares: Regularly entrust your worries and concerns to God, recognizing His care for you and your family.
  2. Embracing Submission: Yield your desires and plans to God’s will, showcasing your willingness to submit to His guidance.
  3. Resisting Pride: Guard against the temptation of self-centeredness, choosing instead to cultivate a spirit of humility.
  4. Trusting God’s Timing: Patiently await God’s timing for opportunities and blessings, avoiding rushing ahead in your own strength.
  5. Exalting in Due Time: Shift your focus from seeking personal recognition to eagerly anticipating God’s elevation when the time is right.
  6. Laying Down Burdens: Release the burden of seeking approval from others, finding your worth in God’s approval instead.
  7. Valuing Service: Embrace opportunities to serve others without seeking recognition, echoing Christ’s example of humble service.
  8. Walking in Obedience: Live obediently to God’s commands, acknowledging that true humility involves aligning your life with His principles.
  9. Cultivating Contentment: Develop contentment in every circumstance, understanding that God’s plan is greater than your own desires.
  10. Glorifying God: Let your humility shine as a testament to God’s grace, glorifying Him through your actions and attitudes.

These applications allow you to integrate the message of humility from 1 Peter 5:6 into your role as a father in practical and impactful ways.

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