God says that humility is better than material gain:
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
God requires that people humble themselves:
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
I Peter 5:6
God promises wonderful blessings to those who are willing to humble themselves:
...and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Failure to humble oneself will certainly bring personal loss:
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased...
It is only reasonable to be humble:
For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
I Corinthians 4:7
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
I Peter 1:24
Taking the time to understand God’s greatness in relation to man’s littleness will bring humility:
...and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing...
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Realizing that this same Almighty God chose to humble himself because he loved us should humble us if nothing else will:
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.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
II Corinthians 12:5
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