“He humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:8)
“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. It could be argued that Jesus is simply emphasizing the attitude of truly redeemed people (cf. Isaiah 66:1-2).”
“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.”
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Pe. 5:5).
“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.” (Roberts).
Not a feeling….
“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.” (From: Spiritual Emotions, Robert Roberts)
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (NLT).
Kenosis – “he made himself nothing” or “He emptied himself” not of “the form or very nature of God;” not of “equality with God.” But by addition: “By taking….being made…..being found….. becoming obedient to death……”