Humility is lowliness of mind–the opposite of pride and arrogance. It belongs to the essence of experimental religion. A humble spirit is the opposite of a lofty one. True humility is an inward grace based on a view of our own guilt, weakness, vileness, and ignorance–as compared with the infinite excellence and glory of God.
Humility is one of the most lovely of all the traits of a child of God. It is opposed to all ostentation. It hides the other graces of the Christian from the gaze of self-admiration. Its aim is not to be thought humble, but to be humble. The godly man loves to lie low–and cares not to have it known.
Humility will not disfigure, but adorn you. As Rebecca was not the less lovely, but the more so, when she took a veil and covered her beauty and all her jewels; so the child of God is especially beautified when arrayed in humbleness of mind.
William Plumer, “Vital Godliness: A Treatise on Experimental and Practical Piety” 1864