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Friday, May 11, 2018

Become Less



Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
—1 Peter 5:6 (NLT)
Humility is the state of a heart that has surrendered. Place yourself in God’s hand. Give up any rights you feel are yours. He wishes to exalt you above whatever you have imagined, but you don’t achieve honor by feigning humility. Become less so He can be more.

Dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
—1 Peter 5:5 (NLT)
Become less so another person might become more. Put on humility until it becomes a state of your heart. Dress yourself in humility for your relationships to thrive. God opposes a prideful spirit that insists on his or her right. He gives grace when you have nothing to prove. You are free to lay down your life because He laid His life for you.

Instead be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) 
Two need to share their feelings; two need to lay down their preconceptions; two need to be willing to listen. A relationship is only worth how much two people work at it. If it lies dormant, that relationship will die. Open, honest, and even painful at times, that relationship can thrive. But there is something that only requires one person to do. One person must first be willing to become less.

For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
—Psalm 149:4 (NLT).
You are ready for His greatest freedom when you are willing to lay down all He has imparted—all you know He has given—and allow Him to wash your feet. Stripped of all that stands in the way of His Hand upon you, you are unhindered by need or perception or anything at all. He, who need not become less for you, now has. You are His, and you realize that He has brought you to a place of victory that you never imagined. At His feet you learn what it means to be crowned with victory because He was willing to humble himself for you. You know love full of glory that no word can describe because He gave His life for you.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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