Here’s an inescapable fact: ”God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pe. 5:5).
“Jesus established humility and unconcern for social status not only as the psychological structure of His kingdom but also as a basis for entrance into it” (see: Isaiah 66:1-2; Matthew 18:1-3).
“Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” Self-humbling is required: verse 4 – “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:1-4; cf. Lk. 18:9-13).
“Humility is not itself an emotion, like joy or gratitude or contrition. A person could be a wonderful exemplar of humility without ever feeling humble; in fact, one who frequently feels humble is probably not very humble. But humility is…..a disposition not to feel the emotions associated with caring a lot about one’s status. It is the ability to have my self-comfort quite apart from any question about my place in the social pecking order (whether the criterion is accomplishments, education, beauty, money, power, fame, or position).”
“Humility is self-confidence that runs far deeper than the tenuous self-confidence of the person who believes in himself because others look up to him.”
“Those who need to excel others to think well of themselves— who seek value at the expense of others —who try to climb to honor by using others —- who construct their glory upon the shoulders of weakness found in others— who engage in the ‘dangerous business of building self-assessments on watching to see how they’re doing in comparison with others, — those who live this way are — in some profound sense— actually degrading themselves and, far worse, cutting themselves off from both God and people.”
There is something in humility which– strangely enough— exalts the heart, and something in pride which debases it.”
“A lack of humility destroys a person’s spiritual life; it subverts his spiritual relationships, the deepest and most important relationships of his life. Pride cuts a person off from fellowship with others. It isolates him and, however little he may recognize the fact, degrades him. He who exalts himself will be humbled” (From: Spiritual Emotions, Robert Roberts).