Be compassionate and humble.
—1 Peter 3:8
Those who think highly of themselves would be shocked to find that others aren’t all that impressed. No matter how rich and famous they are, the size of the crowd at their funeral will pretty much depend on the weather.
Arrogance is obnoxious. Humility is admired.
But humility can’t be faked—false humility is transparent.
In genuine humility there is sacrifice of self-interest, sincere concern for others’ interests, and willingness—even desire—to serve.
Here’s Paul’s advice …
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought (Rom. 12:3).
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Phil. 2:3-4).
Earth’s population—with but one
exception—is comprised of others.