Humility, the most important virtue—three aspects
First, humility is seeing ourselves as God sees us.
As believers in Jesus, we have received a new nature, but still have our old nature. We are both sinners and saints, both condemn-able and chosen, weak in ourselves, powerful in Him.
Both aspects are pointed out in Psalm 86:1 “Bow down your ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy [ our natural depravity]. Preserve my soul; for I am holy [our position in Christ]: O thou my God, save your servant that trusts in you.”
We need to embrace both truths, for if we only look at our position in Christ, we can become proud, looking down on those “sinners” who don’t know Him.
We can also be ambushed by serious sin as we don’t take our ability to sin seriously. When a Christian, after committing a sin, says, “How could I have done that?!!!” he shows his lack of understanding of his old nature.
Our lives as believers is like a sailboat. The body of the boat is our new life; the mast is our faith, and the sail is obedience, ready to be filled with the wind of the Spirit. The keel, which prevents the boat from overturning when the wind hits the sail, is our old nature; acknowledging it (keeping the keel in place) keeps us from be capsized (falling into sin) by events in life.
So, humility, first of all, means seeing ourselves as God sees us in the full orbed picture, preparing us for the battle of each day.