There is an interesting use of wording in James 3:13 Amplified. It says, “Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his (good) works with the (unobtrusive) humility (which is the proper attribute) of true wisdom.”
Unobtrusive means to not be conspicuous or attracting attention. If we flaunt our humility we are walking in pride. Humility is a hidden attribute of the heart.
Listen to how the Lord described Moses. Numbers 12:3 says, “(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth).”
The Lord Jesus is our example for humility. Philippians 2:8 says, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Jesus was devoid of all arrogance and self-exultation.
There was nothing of ‘self’ in the Lord. He was sinless. Not even in His thoughts did He sin. Paul exhorted his followers to imitate him, as he imitated Christ.
Are you an imitator? Are you walking in humility? There is a contrast of the publican and the Pharisee. Luke 18:9-14 is the parable. The Pharisee was all about his view of his life. He was a self-made man. The publican acknowledged he was a sinner and cried out for God’s mercy.
Verse 14 is Jesus’ statement of the two. “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
We have a choice to humble ourselves, or be humbled. Walking low, esteeming others, setting our eyes on the Lord instead of ourselves are attributes of humility.
Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself.” Verse 4 says it is alright to look out for ourselves, but it is within a lifestyle of humility.