When we think of virtues, many come to mind, including those listed as the fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5:22, 23; “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” If however, pride is the greatest sin – and it is – then humility must be the greatest virtue in the Kingdom of God. Humility allows us to acknowledge that God has claim on our lives; that we are fallible, mortal creatures; and that it is God, not ourselves, who is Master of the universe. -Matthew 18:1-4
It is humility that says, “I am a sinner, that needs to be saved.” The truths of the kingdom of God are only perceived by those who are humble, no one who is proud will ever gain anything from God, because “God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Those who are humble receive the grace of God and are given the secrets of the kingdom. Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:33).
The secret to greatness is to be humble like an open and trusting little child. Proverbs 22:4 also teaches that the pathway to honor is humility.