It is a quality in developing love of God
Today our children are taught, directly and indirectly, that humility is something that does not get you far in this world. They are told they are “special” – better than others – and that the world owes them.
But for one who is trying to develop love for God, ideas of ‘specialness’ or self-importance go against all spiritual concepts:
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up. James 5:5
Thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street, one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly. Sri Siksastakam
Being humble does not mean you cannot be assertive. You can be both a successful community leader, businessperson or politician and humble at heart. The key to humility is offering all respect to others, not feeling you are better than anyone else, and having a low view of one’s importance, remembering we are all sparks of God, we are all God’s children.
In fact, when we come into contact with someone who treats others in this way we experience that it is a very attractive quality. It’s a strange world when we promote the opposite.