“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits”
It goes without saying that we live in a culture that doesn’t encourage humility. If you’re driving for example, and someone hits your car, if you don’t start shouting at them first, they might just accuse you of being at fault. Many times, if you treat people respectfully, they’ll take advantage of you. In situations like this, it’s easy to put on a proud demeanour just to protect yourself. While that might be the way of the world, it isn’t the way of the word.
As a Christian, your way should be the way of the word. Humility is a fruit of your born again spirit (Gal 5:22,23). To be humble is to have a modest opinion of your importance. When you think that you are defined by other people’s opinion of you, pride sets in.
Phillipians 2:4-8 says: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Jesus is your example. If God himself could take on the form of a human being then it should be no big deal for you to humble yourself. As a born again believer, his spirit lives on your inside. Rom 12:9,10 says: “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.” Intentionally treat people better than you want to be treated. Don’t be the kind of person who treats people based on their social status. Jesus wasn’t like that. He touched the leper, commended the poor widow, ate with sinners, spoke in public with outcasts.
That is the kind of spirit you have. Rom 15:1-3 says: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”
No Christian is naturally proud. The spirit within us is that of meekness.