It’s a love thing
“A great man is always willing to be little.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Lord displays His humble nature through the way He loves us and expects us to replicate this behaviour toward others. But how do we begin to replicate this lowly nature? As I expressed earlier, humility is not a cold you catch but a characteristic we choose to develop with the help of the Holy Spirit. One way we begin to see the need to lower ourselves comes to light as we consider the importance of 1 Corinthians 13, a well-known passage that expresses what love is and more importantly, the agape love the Lord has for us. A heart that has been refreshed by the Lord will walk and work in love. Humility is a characteristic of what love is and I can prove this through 1 Corinthians 13:4: “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.”
Using the amplified version, when the word “love” is used, it says “God’s love” in brackets. So in this context God’s love is not boastful or vainglorious, nor does it display itself haughtily. Boastful or vainglorious means showing excessive pride and self-satisfaction in one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities. Haughty means acting superior and looking down on others. Haughty people are disdainful, overbearing, and prideful.
We can safely conclude from the word that the Lord’s behavioural traits are not found in these characteristics. If we are truly His and have a desperate desire to change, we should then desire to walk away from these behaviours.