Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.
– 1 Peter 5:5
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
This verse tells us that we should humbly obey each other regardless of age. This is the way of achieving harmonious coordination. Harmonious coordination is God’s requirement of us. However, there are always disagreements which lead to dispute. Because of our arrogant nature, we find it difficult to submit to our partners. Sometimes, we stick to our own views and deny theirs, and argue with them and shift blame and responsibility onto others. Sometimes, once others don’t approve of our suggestions, we will be negative and slack in our work with resistant feelings, or pay no heed to the work of the church. As a result, the church’s work is harmed. Obviously, if we cannot learn to obey each other but be full of ourselves without regarding the interest of the church, then we can hardly work together harmoniously. God says, “Today the requirement of you to work together harmoniously is similar to how Jehovah required the Israelites to serve Him. Otherwise, just end your service. … Each of you, as people who serve, must be able to defend the interests of the church in all things you do, rather than looking out for your own interests. It is unacceptable to go it alone, where you undermine him and he undermines you. People acting this way are not fit to serve God!” “You must achieve harmonious cooperation for the purpose of the work of God, for the benefit of the church, and for spurring the brothers and sisters onward. You coordinate with him and he coordinates with you, each amending the other, arriving at a better work outcome, so as to care for God’s will. Only this is a true cooperation, and only such people have true entry.”
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