Be compassionate and humble.
—1 Peter 3:8
Those who think highly of themselves might 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.
In humility there’s sacrifice of self-interest, sincere concern for others’ interest, and willingness—even desire—to serve.
Here’s Paul’s advice: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought” (Rom 12:3). “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well” (Phil 2:3–4).
Humility is appealing.
Arrogance is appalling.